DTBS MR. RAYMOND ENGENA ON SMART CARD
“We are upgrading our financial systems. Since members of staff have been carrying large amounts of cash in the past and being exposed to danger, we are introducing the smart card to reduce the use of cash. All you have to do is swipe to pay instead of carrying cash as has been the case. It is also meant to improve service delivery as it simplifies payment for entrance and boat rides.
Tourists have always booked hotels while in their home states like the UK, and this will have the same effect- using technology to make transactions simpler and more convenient.”
UWA RUNS IN ANTI CANCER MARATHON
Hundreds of Uganda Wildlife Authority Staff on August 24th ,2013 joined the Rotarians and other philanthropists to run for several kilometres during a campaign to raise funds for a cancer ward at Nsambya Hospital.
During last year's marathon (the first edition of this run), UGX 300,000,000 (three hundred million) was collected. The last year's (and this year's) fundraising drive was/is aimed at constructing/completing Rotary Breast, Cervical and Prostate Cancer Ward at St. Raphael of St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya-Kampala.
UWA SUPPORTS ORPHANED CHIMPANZEES
The Board of Trustees Members for the Uganda Wildlife Authority and top management on August 31st ,2013 joined the conservation fraternity at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel during a fundraising dinner to support the feeding of rescued and orphaned chimpanzees at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust(CSWCT) commonly known as the Ngamba island.
WORLD TOURISM DAY FOR FORT PORTAL
Uganda’s cleanest town of Fort Portal will play host to this year’s World Tourism Day on September 27th,2013.The event will be preceded by a four day exhibition by government agencies including Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Tourism Board, Private sector representatives like the Uganda Tour operators and neighbouring National Parks like Kibale,Semuliki,Rwenzori and Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Among the planned activities is the Royal hike of the Rwenzoris by the Omukama of Toro His Royal Highness, Oyo Kabamba Iguru. During the same month on 7th September, all roads will lead to Fort Portal for the 18th coronation anniversary of the king.
Uganda Wildlife Authority will never be the same again without Lillian Nakato Nsubuga who diligently and passionately served the authority for close to decade as a Public Relations Manager. Some referred to her as the UWA publicist, others as UWA spokesperson, conservation icon, voice of tourism, Love a Gorilla all of which described the amount of energy she selflessly exerted for the sake of the voiceless wildlife.
By Besigye Samuel. Partnerships Coordinator
The current efforts to conserve biodiversity are overwhelmed by the adverse impacts of growing human economies. Spending on protected areas remains deficient and undervalued ecosystem services are being eroded.
Uganda, come November 3 will be the world’s focus center as it experiences a total eclipse. Uganda lies on the path of a Hhybrid Solar Eclipse.
Pakwach in Nebbi district in West Nile has been identified as the best place to spot the eclipse alongside other towns like Arua, Soroti, Gulu and Masindi.
Recognition of prominent women who have exhibited exemplary leadership in the conservation field was among the key highlights of the celebrations to mark 50 years of Kidepo Valley National Park on 22nd August,2013 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
Mr. Taleb Rifai has been re-elected to the position of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) secretary general for another four years.
Mr. Rifai who made his maiden visit to Uganda in June 2013 during which he met Uganda leader President Yoweri Museveni and other tourism stake holders, was the only sole candidate for the position.
In her continued efforts and innovations to serve her clients more professionally and conveniently in line with World class practices, Uganda Wildlife Authority has rolled out a new payment system for visitors to access her national parks and activities therein by introducing a wildlife card.
Leading conservationists, tourism industry gurus, development partners, legislators and representatives of government agencies on 30th August, 2013 converged at Kampala Serena Hotel to celebrate success stories in conservation and growth in tourism industry.
At the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This haven of wild life is one of the must visit places in Uganda. The most incredible thing about the park though, is the fact that each visit is a novel experience and maybe even better than the first.
Original source Newvision By C. Lubangakene
Farmers in Nwoya and Kiryandongo districts have volunteered to be trained in stray animal management measures. This follows persistent destruction of food crops by stray elephants from Murchison Falls National Game Park on the neighbouring communities,
At least 100 farmers attended the two-day training at the park's wildlife education centre.
The training, which ended last Thursday, was organised by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and funded by the African Wildlife Foundation.
The farmers were equipped with basic cultural methods of dealing with problem animals such as mixing burnt oil with chili and mixing cow-dung with chili. These are to be put near the gardens to prevent the animals from encroaching on them.
"We have been facing many challenges in managing problem animals. The problem started from Nwoya, but it has now spread to Kiryandongo," said Walter Odokorwot, the Murchison Falls assistant community conservation warden.
"We are greatly challenged by the lack of enough manpower to handle the problem animals in the affected areas. This is what prompted us to introduce the community wildlife scouts in the areas," he added.
Odokorwot said there are long-term plans by the Government to erect electric fences and dig trenches around the park boundaries to prevent the stray animals from crossing into people's land and destroying crops.
"But these are expensive ventures that may not be realised easily. We need to do something ourselves," Odokorwot noted.