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This presentation by the Local Economic Development Through Pro-Poor Gorilla Tourism project team provides a summary of the key activities and results of the project.
Different parts of the presentation were given by different team members including Dilys Roe (principal researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)); Peter Nizette (Responsible Tourism Partnership); Medard Twinamatsiko (Institute for Tropical Forest Conservation and Mbarara University); Kakuru Phares (Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust); and Alice Mbahayi (International Gorilla Conservation Programme).
The presentation was made at the project wrap-up workshop held on 3 April 2019 at the Protea Hotel, Kampala. The meeting was opened by British High Commissioner Peter West, and closed by the CEO of the Uganda Tourism Board, Lilly Ajarova.
The meeting also included personal testimonies from a number of individual enterprises involved in the project – Ride For A Woman, Change a Life Bwindi and Bwindi Specialist Guides – and from their expert trainers: Johnnie Kamugisha from Uganda Safari Guides Association, and Sanaa Gateja from Kwetu Africa.
The meeting was attended by a wide range of tour operators, lodge managers, community organisations, NGOs and researchers. As well as drawing the project to an end, it provided the audience with an opportunity to purchase some of its products – Bwindi baskets and Bwindi honey – and to find out about new Bwindi walking trails.
More details: https://www.iied.org/local-economic-development-through-gorilla-tourism