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.
The development could not have come at a better time than when Kidepo Valley Park made 50.The nomination also comes on the heels the same pristine protected area having scooped an accolade from the CNN Travel site as the third best national park on the African continent.
Celebrations to mark 50 years of Kidepo Valley National Park and the commissioning of the first ever Uganda Wildlife Authority Intelligence ranger force were the key highlight of the month of August 2013.
On a sad note however, death robbed the authority of her long serving publicist, friend and voice, the Public Relations manager Ms Lillian Nakato Nsubuga, Ms Christine Achan Oryema a personal secretary to the Chief Conservation Area Manager (CCAM) as well as other field staff Mr. Ambrose Mujurizi, Francis Kato and Julius Musinguzi. May their souls rest in eternal peace.
Still with tourism, Kidepo Valley National Park made it to the list of nominees by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for the leading national parks in Africa, the head of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) retained his seat as Secretary General while leading female conservationists were recognized for their leadership in conservation.
The new payment system using a wildlife card was successfully piloted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and at UWA headquarters and will soon roll out to other national parks. More affordable accommodation and restaurant facilities managed by UWA have come up in Moroto, Mbale and Mweya (Queen Elizabeth National Park) with the revamped picturesque Tembo canteen facing the Kazinga channel and the lower camp accommodation facilities fully functioning.
We thank our partners, visitors and all stake holders for the continued support as we together conserve for Generations.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.