Dr.Andrew Sseguya, the newly-appointed Uganda Wildlife Authority Executive Director, has promised to change the institution’s image by making all national parks the leading Tourism centers in the country.
Mr Sseguya said he wants to strengthen conservation education to create value to the economy from the country’s natural resources when people get to understand conservation and visit the parks.
“Uganda Wild life Authority (UWA) is an important organization within the tourism and conservation sector that I want to use to champion environment, most especially to reverse climate change,” Mr Sseguya said while officially handing over office to his successor at theUganda Wildlife Educational Centre, Mr James Musinguzi.
He said UWA holds 10 per cent of the country’s land resources that they want to make good use of to promote environment conservation to address climate change.
Mr Sseguya added that he will use the expertise he got as UWEC’s executive director to mobilize more funds for community projects since there is a percentage that goes back to the community.
“I want to stabilize UWA by operating transparently. We shall not condone illegal use of the country’s resources,” he added. He said he will mobilize funds to construct rangers’ homes and look into plans of using electric fences around national parks to tame animals from straying into people’s farms.
Mr Musinguzi revealed that they have been drafting plans to improve the centre with the outgoing executive director, which now remains to be implemented.
“I will work together with the other staff members to complete a floating restaurant and restructure the centre,” Mr Musinguzi said.
He said they will construct conservation educational centers in all the country’s regions to promote conservation education in the country.
He added they hope to work with the outgoing executive director to make UWEC self-sustaining and the best tourism site in the country and the entire Great Lakes region.