The Knuckles Conservation Forest and its environs are some of the richest in terms of biodiversity. If we equate the bio resources of a nation to its heart, the green cover to its lungs and the rivers to its blood and arteries, then, the Knuckles are part of the part of the hill country that allows a country to pulse, breath and live. However, mismanagement of conservation, misguided ideas of protection, political and development aggression and exploitation, astigmatic and selectively applied laws, local and indigenous communities forced to engage in illegal activities in order to make ends meet in an unforgiving, exploitative market economy that left them impoverished have seriously upset the harmony between human beings and nature. The Greens have worked in these regions for over two decades and know the complexities and dynamics that negatively impact the socio-ecological balance of the terrain. It also knows how vital it is to reestablish sustainable coexistence between all players, actors and stakeholders whether they are human, floral of faunal in form. COLIBRI, a project funded by the European Union and led by ACTED will therefore address the issues outlined at right in the selected geographies through the protection and preservation of biodiversity and fragile ecosystems via sustainable, community-driven monitoring activities to ensure durability of the effort beyond the project life cycle; sustainable waste management by reducing external intrusion of waste resulting from unregulated tourism and community-level garbage management; and circular economic development by optimizing economic gains and circular livelihood approaches, such as sustainable production and consumption, minimizing resource usage and reducing/upcycling waste.

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