The Tourism bodies of Uganda have unleashed the move to embark on the training of communities that neighbor the Uganda safari sites as a strategic effort to curb wildlife poaching
The Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities along with its
agencies including the Uganda Tourism Board and the Uganda Wildlife
Authority have already built Rwere Community Training Center worth
$280million at the famous Uganda gorilla safari destination of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the district of Kisoro.
The newly built center according to Dr. Andrew Seguya the Uganda
Wildlife Authority Chief intends to equip the residents of the area with
the artisan skills like making of crafts such as ports and the
portraits which attract the travelers on safaris in Uganda to buy.
The government aims at making these communities benefit from the travelers on safari in Uganda
to enhance their individual livelihoods. This in turn will make them
appreciate the significance of conservation and wildlife and desist from
The training center in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is
just the beginning of the initiative that will roll to other national
parks to implement the similar purpose. Seguya highlighted about this
during the find raising dinner arranged at Kampala Serena Hotel where a
sum of Ten (10) million shillings were gathered out of the required a
hundred (100) million shillings that is required to equip the center
that will open next year in February.
Considering the fact that wildlife still holds over 90% of the Uganda tour
arrivals and yet poaching remains a significant issue, undertaking such
initiatives is vital to craft a sustainable way of reducing poaching
and ensure the continuity of species.
Additionally, the initiative
is seen as a perfect means to development of community tourism where the
local people penetrate the tourism circle and build the product by
themselves and deliver it themselves which in turn is vital for the
enhancement of their livelihoods and general transformation of their
respective communities and the nation at large.