The Ugandan authorities, by way of the Ministry of Tourism, Nature and Heritage Conservation, is within the remaining phases of merging forest reserves with the closest protected areas, turning them into nationwide parks. It goals to enhance the conservation standing of Uganda’s community of protected areas and different crucial landscapes for wildlife conservation.
The forest reserves lined in this system embrace; Kalinzu and Maramagambo Central Reserves to be merged into Queen Elizabeth Nationwide Park and Budongo Central Forest Reserve to be merged into Murchison Falls Nationwide Park.
Based on a letter written final week by the Chancellor of the Ministry of Tourism, Ms. Doreen S. Katusiime, to the Chairman of the Rubirizi District the place the Maramagambo forest was discovered, the federal government is reviewing the Nationwide Conservation Areas Plan (2002) by way of the Ministry of Tourism. ) to preserve Uganda’s pure sources in a approach that contributes to the nation’s sustainable improvement and human well-being.
The Ministry of Tourism includes the councils of the districts surrounding the designated forests in order that they (districts) can comply with the proposal.
“The aim of this letter is due to this fact to request that you simply contact your council chief to rearrange a gathering on January 23, 2023 as regards to the proposed improve,” Katusiime mentioned within the letter, which has been seen by a reporter.
Underneath Part 25(1) of the Uganda Wildlife Act 2019, the minister should seek the advice of with the native authority below which the proposed reserve falls earlier than making proposals to parliament.
In 2018, Uganda’s community of protected areas and different vital wildlife useful resource areas have been assessed to find out their significance and values for wildlife conservation. It was a multi-stakeholder train involving the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the Nationwide Forest Service, NGOs and the personal sector.
The outcomes of the evaluation suggest applicable actions to enhance the conservation standing of Uganda’s community of protected areas and different crucial landscapes for wildlife conservation.
Within the case of the Kalinzu and Maramagambo Central Forest Reserves, the evaluation recommends that they be given the next conservation standing and transformed right into a nationwide park and built-in into the Queen Elizabeth Nationwide Park in order that neighboring communities can profit extra from these pure sources.
Talking Show On Monday, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Tourism, Ms Eunice Kansiime, mentioned that a number of district councils bordering the proposed areas have already been concerned and are in settlement.
“Many district councils agree with this and a working methodology is being developed with close by communities in order that they will proceed to learn from the areas after annexation. We perceive that communities have been procuring firewood from these forests, however pointers and insurance policies should be adopted on this regard,” he mentioned.
He added that different advantages within the type of income sharing and different varieties can even be communicated in order that communities can proceed to coexist with animals and guarded areas generally.
Ms Kansiime additional famous that every one efforts will go in the direction of the Ministry of Tourism’s mission to develop and promote tourism, wildlife and cultural heritage sources to advertise Uganda as a aggressive and most popular tourism vacation spot, accelerating the sector’s contribution to the nation’s financial system.
Communication with the areas is led by the Uganda Wildlife Service, the Jane Goodall Institute and the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, who’re anticipated to achieve settlement on choices to transform forests into nationwide parks.
Mrs. Kansiime advised the reporter that the improve was achieved for a number of causes, together with to guard the forest from encroachment, unlawful logging, deforestation, poaching and human settlement, given the anticipated future inhabitants strain, in addition to nature conservation and wildlife safety. , ecosystem preservation and fowl species safety.
George Oweyesigire, Performing Commissioner for Wildlife within the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, says this transfer is lengthy overdue and the ministry is extraordinarily excited to see this innovation as a catalyst for Uganda’s financial progress and improvement. tourism trade.
“The Budongo Central Forest Reserve has reached the maturity to develop right into a nationwide park standing given its abundance of wildlife, variety of fowl species and tree species that units it other than all different forest reserves. We imagine that making it a nationwide park will improve the worth proposition of Ugandan tourism and enhance tourism revenues,” he mentioned.
“After the improve course of, we hope to fulfill with the Uganda Tourism Board to speak about product improvement, packaging and advertising for this vacation spot to draw enterprise to Masindi and Uganda as an entire,” he added.