Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group and the US Forest Service Present AWF-USAID/Uganda Tourism for Biodiversity Program on July 18th at 12p In Washington DC

Posted July 10, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Tourism ~ 2,827 views


Please join the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group and the US Forest Service-International Programs — In a presentation Improving community opportunities through wildlife habitat conservation. Uganda enjoys a tremendous wealth of natural resources, biodiversity, and natural beauty. All of these resources stand to decline if plans and actions are not put in place to reduce mounting threats. Many of the threats are rooted in the actions of people. Expanding economic activities, in particular agriculture expansion, growing human populations, unplanned settlement patterns, and unsustainable use of resources are principal threats to Uganda’s biodiversity.

Uganda’s protected area system has made significant strides in strengthening its management and capacity over the last decade offering an important foundation for continued development. However, as wildlife in many parts of Uganda spends more time in unprotected lands which were traditionally dispersal areas and wildlife corridors, there is an urgent need to work with communities, private land owners and local authorities to plan, pilot, and realize effective strategies to reduce habitat loss and fragmentation and human-wildlife conflict. These strategies need to provide communities with economic opportunities built on and incentivizing wildlife conservation. Ecotourism or nature-based tourism provides an important vehicle for generating economic benefits from wildlife conservation for communities and land owners, as well as the national government.

AWF and USAID/Uganda approaches are centered on three principles: 1) improving the management of protected areas (PAs) requires an integrated landscape-scale approach to biodiversity conservation that includes PAs, bordering habitat, and neighboring people; 2) tourism is an engine to fuel better protected area management and provide incentives for communities to live with wildlife, therefore tourism investments need to have a direct link to supporting conservation efforts and community benefits; and 3) to be sustainable, enhancing tourism products and value chain linkages must take a market-driven, business-oriented approach that stimulates revenues, economic growth, and jobs. This can only be achieved through designing a program with multi-stakeholder collaboration to leverage partnerships in support of both tourism and conservation outcomes.

About the Speaker
Mr. Kaddu Sebunya has a unique combination of work experiences gathered while working intimately both with governments, private sector, and civil society organizations. He is currently the African Wildlife Foundation’s Chief of Party of USAID funded tourism for biodiversity conservation project in Uganda. At the core of this project is the hypothesis that successful nature tourism is a platform for both biodiversity conservation and economic growth in Uganda.

Kaddu has over 15 years of professional experience at different levels of work, ranging from grassroots to national and regional technical support in USA, Africa, and Europe. He has worked with Oxfam UK, the World Conservation Union – IUCN, USA Peace Corps, Conservation International, and Solimar International.

His technical area of expertise include international development strategic planning and analysis, program feasibility assessments and design, and community-based strategy program development in different sectors, such as biodiversity conservation, tourism planning, rural development, relief and emergency refugee programs, water and environmental sanitation programs, program monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, and in peace mediation and negotiations.

Kaddu’s experience is complimented by a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and two Master’s degrees: a Master of Arts degree in Law, Policy and Diplomacy with a special focus on International Resource Policy and Law; Economics and Development Strategies; Corporate Social Responsibility, Mediation and Negotiations – at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA. And a Master of Science in Sustainable Resource Management and Policy with special focus on human development and government, social and economic policies, and sustainable development outcomes – at Imperial – Wye College, London University.

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