With the effects of climate change continuing to raise global tension, nature conservationists are channeling new measures through which they can mitigate environmental protection. As a result, Rotary International has accepted that Uganda Wildlife Authority uses its 1.3 million worldwide memberships as ambassadors of nature conservation using the Uganda Mountain Gorilla as the signature product.
Through this, the Uganda tourism regulator expects members of the international charity to each contribute a dollar towards its conservation efforts which if successful, will enable UWA bag close to Shs3 trillion.
This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between UWA and Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith last Week in Kampala on the sidelines of the Rotary International 86th Assembly and conference. This year’s annual conference was hosted by District 9002 which covers Kenya Uganda, Tanzania Rwanda and Eritrea.
The conference sits to discuss and review the Charity’s activities and elect its leaders. In an interview, the acting executive director UWA Dr Andrew Seguya said the initiative is necessary because they have to comb and look for resources to improve people’s quality of life.
He added that the partnership between Rotary International and wildlife authority started during the Friend a Gorilla campaign in 2009. “Friend a Gorilla is a conservation strategy because the Mountain Gorillas are rare. You cannot find them in any zoo so whoever wants to see one has to come to Bwindi where they will among other things be able to see Uganda’s beautiful scenery,” said Dr Seguya on the sidelines of the conference.
Compiled by Jackie