Ugandan locals to be trained about taping into tourism revenue
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 poaching.
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.