HISA is a Non Profit Organisation, whose primary mission is to safeguard wild animals and the ecosystems they belong to, mainly in the developing countries. Man is at the heart of this approach. Indeed, protecting nature and biodiversity profits man’s welfare in the economic, health, food and material fields. Hence we harmonize our preservation actions with human activity. We are convinced that beyond its mercantile value, life’s diversity has an immaterial intrinsic value that justifies its own safeguard.
With this in mind our projects centre on the following main lines :
-Contribute to safeguarding wildlife in general and more specifically the most threatened species,
-Protect and rehabilitate the ecosystems that support these endangered species,
-Strive to solve/reduce conflicts between Men and wild animals,
-Support a development of human communities that promotes a reasoned and sustainable use of wildlife and natural resources,
-Export and adapt on a wide scale projects/methods of conservation proven to be successful on a local scale,
-Communicate and speak at schools, to media and conferences about the value of wildlife and the interest of taking action for its protection.
In order to achieve these goals, we develop a holistic approach based on various scientific, socio-economic, cultural and educational experience.
Even before HISA’s creation, we used to record, through our researchs and travels, the extent of conflicts between men and wildlife and the threats that hang over it, particularly around protected areas (national parks, reserves). That’s the reason why we’ve decided to work, as a matter of priority, in rural an peri-urban areas.
Solutions exist, but some poor and remote regions don’t get enough help. HISA’s purpose is precisly to intervene in these regions, by helping existing conservation programs and developping new projects. We also share operational solutions with local communities et developp new ones adapted to biological and anthropological context.
The mountain Gorilla (gorilla beringei) is the logo of our association HISA. The current situation of this species is a perfect symbol of the threats that hang over wild animals and what is at stake for their conservation in a world more and more anthropized every day.
This great primate is endemic to mountain rainforests of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It does not exist anywhere else. Now this species is critically at risk of extinction (IUCN status), with less than 900 individuals over a few forest pockets surrounded by human activity (examples given: villages, farms…).
The threats that hang over the species are many: loss of habitat, poaching, oil fields, conflicts with human communities, illness transmitted by man.
Making the effort to protect the mountain Gorilla is also protecting the forests that it lives in. Now these natural habitats significantly favour the local human communities: they are reserves for food, material, natural substances for pharmacopeia, economic effects via eco-tourism, etc. On a cultural aspect, it is also a precious inheritance that we need to safeguard, a print of our own history.
For the Gorilla, as well as for many other species, it is urgent to act.