The US ambassador HE Scott DeLisi and his wife, the head of the USAID Mission here Leslie Reed and other high ranking US embassy officials on March 13,14 visited MFNP, where they enjoyed a game drive, visited Top of Falls and launched the Tourism for Biodiversity Program implemented by AWF. Mr. Raymond Engena represented the ED while Tom Okello brriefed the delegation about the history of the park,visitor trends,Wildlife population trends and the conservation challenges as well as the co-existece of oil exploration activities and wildlife.
Awed by the beauty of the mighty Murchison Falls,the US amabassador remarked " From the awe-inspiring Murchiso Falls and the park's abudant wildlife,to diverse birdand primate populationsof the Budongo Forest,you canot help but a bit humbled by the tremendous natural beauty of our planet and the richness and abundancethat exists around us."
He added that the beauty and diversity adds richness to our lives and an add riches to the nation's purse but only if we ensure that we protect the heritage with which we have been blessed.
He later launched the Tourism for Bio-diversity program which he said is a cooperative agreement with those who know first-hand Uganda's natural beauty and the ugent need to protect it.
He said UWA's mission to preserve Uganda's natural gifts,is also part of a global mission,ad that this second decade of the century has been designated a the UN Decade of Biodiversity.