The conservation fraternity has yet again celebrated fundamental progress in cooperation in when Uganda wildlife Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust a colorful ceremony held at Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe.
Flanked by the media, the two institutional heads UWA's Executive Director Dr. Andrew Seguya and Ngamba's Ajarova Lilly signed the protocol witnessed by UWA's head of legal and Cooperate Affairs Mr. Chemonges Mongea. The MoU is mainly going to formalize UWA's relationship with Ngamba pertaining the rescue and care of the for the orphaned chimps.
UWA's Executive Director underscored the importance of the MoU by highlighting the conservation aspects of the new collaboration mechanism. The Chimpanzee Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) is a non-governmental organization established in 1998 to promote the understanding, appreciation and conservation of chimpanzees and their habitats in particular.
The Trust has now transformed into an NGO to tap into resources from the wide spectrum of donors outside the government coffers. The Chimpanzee Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) is a non-governmental organization. Established in 1998, it promotes the understanding, appreciation and conservation of chimpanzees and their habitats in particular.
"With this partnership we would like to increase the marketing of tourism in Uganda by training the communities. We shall also have joint training of the staffs and sharing management skills," said Andrew Sseguya UWA Executive Director.
He stated that with MoU in place, the two organisations will be in position to rescue and care for the orphaned chimpanzee as well as the welfare and conservation of the endangered species.
This innovation was to ensure that even those who have forests with wild animals are encouraged not to cut it down. The move was therefore intended to create awareness among the community so that the tourism industry is handled in effective and efficient manner.
The executive director of Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Lilly Ajarova, welcomed the new partnership saying it will promote the conservation of chimpanzee and the environment. She stressed the need of having more land to keep the animals for tourist attraction especially around the Albertine region and appealed to the communities to leave the area. "We are going to engage the communities to leave the areas where we have earmarked for tourism," Ajorova stated.
As published in Africageographic blog
Uganda, is known as Africa's premier birding destination with the list of birds found in the country topping 1 000! Many of these birds live only in these tropical forests with rare sightings being described as "mythical" while it is believed that some of the birds living in the remote forests of Uganda may not even be classified as of yet!
In the October 2013 issue of Africa Geographic magazine we meet the Uganda Bird Guide Club and chat to them about their lives spent birding in Uganda. This beautiful country must be on any birders bucket list and this is our list of the top 10 birds to see in Uganda.
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Forest so thick you can't see the person walking less than a meter in front of you, ground as slippery as ice and at a minimum angle of 30 degrees – our second mountain gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda had begun!
Even second time around it was as unforgettable an experience as the first time. There is something about staring into the eyes of so human a creature and seeing recognition and acknowledgement that makes it impossible to leave without a very different attitude to all our fellow inhabitants of earth.