With support from the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), the sub counties Karenga and Lobalangit within Kaboong district are carrying out land use planning for the proper use of their land. The two sub counties are neighbors of Kidepo Valley National Park and Karenga Community Wildlife Area. In September, the Land Use planning team which include a representative from planning unit carried out zoning of the land in those sub counties
The planning unit of the Conservation department is in advanced stages of developing new General Management Plans (GMPs)for Kibale and Lake Mburo National Parks.
Uganda Wildlife Authority Deputy Director Conservation and Conservation ambassador Mr. Charles Tumwesigye in September travelled to Montreal Canada to participate in fundraising programs for the Kibale Mobile Clinic Project.
While in Canada, Charles also gave talks on conservation to various audiences in my capacity as the NGS/Buffet Award Winner for African Conservation 2013.
Nine finalists for Miss Tourism Uganda in September were treated to memorable adventure when they toured almost all the national parks in Uganda courtesy of Uganda Wildlife Authority and various sponsors including hotels and tour operators.
Uganda Wildlife Authority Executive Director Dr. Andrew Seguya along with a member of the Board of Trustees and Chief Executive of the Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) Dr. Gladys Kalema were among the experts who attended the Great Apes Summit between September 21-24th,2013 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA to address a variety of issues concerning the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans And bonobos.
Legislators on the Tourism, Trade and Industry committee of Parliament in August visited Murchison Falls National Park to appreciate the efforts by UWA in protecting the wildlife, Human Wildlife-conflict interventions, maintenance of tourism infrastructure and the impact of oil exploration activities on wildlife and tourism activities.
The Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, the Toro Kingdom leadership, Kabarole District Local Government, Legislators from Rwenzori region and the entire tourism fraternity are all upbeat about the prospect of transforming Fort Portal as the Tourism hub in Uganda.
Chimpanzee Tracking and Bird watching in Kibale National Park also fondly known as the World's Primate Capital was the major highlight of the Tourism week climaxing in World Tourism Day in Fort Portal, Western Uganda on September 27, 2013.
From the Editor
World Tourism Day celebrations in the Rwenzori region which were preceded by a week-long exhibition at the Boma grounds, Fort Portal were the key highlight of September,2013.
The well organised and massively attended events attracted the Toro royals, Ministry of Tourism officials and foreign diplomats to track the much sought after chimpanzees in Kibale, Birding and nature walks in the World's primate capital. Our very own Hon. Dr. Maria Mutagamba was the chief guide and indeed led her visitors to the Kanyantare community of chimpanzees.
Other visitors used the opportunity while in the Rwenzori region to visit Semuliki cruising on the newly tarmacked Fort-Portal road, Queen Elizabeth and the Rwenzori National Parks.
A total of 80 rangers have been commissioned to constitute Uganda Wildlife Authority’s first ever Intelligence Unit to prevent and crack down on the illegal activities against wildlife in and outside the protected areas of Uganda.