Monday, September 5, 2011

Our Clients Comment About Uganda Tourism, Community Based Tourism A Positive Gear To Save Forests

 Community based tourism is a key route to income generation for communities living around protected areas. It is a simple initiative because it starts with involving all women, men, youth, disabled and children at the destinations. There are three ways in which communities benefit from tourism: the income generation out of their labour, sale of their products to clients and Non financial-partnerships.

As the tourist season is ending our clients commented a lot about the disrespect for forests protection in Uganda and urge us responsible operators to call up attention of Ugandan leaders about the threat of deforestation. Therefore there should be supportive use of alternative resources like gas instead of charcoal; unfortunately even people living in Kampala cook with charcoal. Then our client’s comments about the ugly commercialized plantation of not autoctonous trees like pines in and around protected forests (Bwindi forest reserve). 
Destroyed Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
 

Therefore, to “save forests” we have to embrace and enhance community based tourism, love and adore what we have, learn and sensitize to sustainably conserve the natural and cultural resources, empower the masses including the technocrats especially the legislators about community based tourism. This concept will save Mabira forest with the inhabit resources from threat of sugar plantation interest, yet the conservation of this forest is self explanatory. Survey revealed that Bugoma forest reserve is completely deforested for Tobacco farming. This block is positive example as a migration corridor for chimps and other bio-diversity between the Murchison and Kibale National Park. We emphasise saving the Forests in Uganda. Check more details on our website Save The Forest
Destroyed Bugoma Forest

For these reasons it’s vital to emphasize the concept for good services to be given to the tourists who come to experience local traditions and interact with local communities, learning about other cultures, while contributing to the low income earners “the poor communities”. A case in point is the Boomu women group at Budongo forest and Batwa trail launched in June 7-2011 at Mgahinga National park, which will showcase the win-win scenario between environmental and social-cultural sustainable scenario to promote sustainable tourism. Destination Jungle suggests taking this activity, since it is a genuine and authentic project, not a commercial one, but aimed at the real development of Batwa communities, moreover offering to visitors an unforgettable experience. 


True experience of the Batwa



Monday, July 25, 2011

UGANDA'S FOREST POINT, BOGOMA,BUDONGO AND BWINDI FOREST RESERVES.


Uganda the “pearl of Africa” had a relatively sound environmental record. During Amin’s regime (1971-1979), the forests suffered from civil and political strife. From 1971 to 1987, Uganda lost 50 percent of its forests, including virtually all of its primary forests. Between 1990 and 2005, Uganda lost 26.3 percent of its remaining forest cover, and deforestation continues today at a rate of 2.2 percent per year, mostly due to subsistence farming, cutting for fuel wood, and colonization by the burgeoning population.

While Uganda is famous for its mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, it is home to some of the highest concentrations of biodiversity in Africa. More than 5,000 plant species are found in the country along with 345 mammals, 1,015 birds, 165 reptiles, and 43 amphibians. Today very little of Uganda's forest cover is considered primary forest by the U.N. In spite of this, more than 25 percent of the country is under some form of protection.
Bugoma Forest Reserve covers a total surface area of 41,144 hectares. Eco- Tourism in the reserve is being spearheaded by African Nature Conservation Expeditions, an international private firm with vast experience in tourism development.
 Bugoma forest reserve is important because it acts as the migration corridor between Kibale and Murchison falls National parks. But shockingly this migration block for faunas (chimps and elephants and others) plus floras life are seriously endangered by human’s egoism. The reserve is unprotected for agriculture (Tobacco) growing in non-sustainable manner as shown in the photos below.

  Pictorial view of disastrous deforestation in Bugoma forest reserve.
Budongo is the biggest forest reserve (covers an area of 793 km²) with older mahogany and iron forest trees. It is the largest Mahogany forest in East Africa with trees growing up to 80 meters. It habits 600-800 Chimpanzees under Jane Good all research centre and many other rare species of birds, including the Lemon Bellied Crombec, white-thighed hornbill and puvel’s Illadopsis and Chocolate-backed Kingfisher. Kaniyo-Pabidi and Busingiro Ecotourism sites are the major tourist sites within the Reserve. This reserve is positive example in Uganda and has become of great interest to clients for chimp trekking. On this experience tourist not only spot chimps but also other primates, birds and floras are nearly exposed and become informative and interesting as the experienced guides of Destination Jungle explain. Destination Jungle support Boomu women group and chimp trekking as effort.

Chimp trekking in Budongo forest reserve.

Bwindi Forest consists of a large primeval forest in East Africa, with altitudes spanning from 1,160 to 2,607 meters. The forest is at the edge of the western arm of the Great Rift Valley. Bwindi Forest (covering an area of 321 sq km) was recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a World Heritage Site for being the home of half the world’s population (320 numbers) of endangered Mountain Gorillas as well as being one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth. The park has got 8 habituated gorilla families, that is the Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura, Nkuringo, Bitukura, Nshongi, Mishaya and the new born “Oruzogo” which are the hot cake of Uganda’s tourism sector. These endangered mountain gorillas typically enjoys their peaceful life in the tropical rain forests in Africa. Therefore survey photo reveal that, the gorillas are still endangered by human egoism and conservation concern has to be tabled by the tourism community to curb deforestation as seen in photo near Bwindi forest reserve. Read more about forests and deforestation in Uganda on our website, www.safaritoeastafrica.com/save-the-forests.html