Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and USAID -Uganda Biodiversity Program donate 300 National Park Information books to the School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences ( SFEGS )
SFEGs , UWA and USAID to fast track the signing of an MOU
60 female students to take internship in all Ugandan National Parks
The School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences (SFEGS) has received 300 National Park Educational and Informational Guide books. The books were handed over by the Executive Director Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Dr. Andrew Seguya to the Dean SFEGS on 11th February 2015.
The handover ceremony was held at the SFEGS conference room and attended by the Chief of Party of the United States Agency for International Development USAID - Uganda Biodiversity Program, COP Kaddu Sebunya.
Also present were the Director Makerere University Directorate of Graduate Research and Training Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza, Chair Department of Forestry Biodiversity and Tourism Prof. Philip Nyeko and Chair Department of Geography, Geo informatics and Climatic Sciences Dr. Fredrick Tumwine among others.
The information materials were produced by the Uganda Wild life Authority (UWA) with funding from the USAID - Uganda Biodiversity Program, implemented by Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF). The publications came in four packages providing information for Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls , and Kidepo Valley National Parks and the Uganda Bird Checklist.
While handing over the books, the Executive Director Uganda Wildlife Authority Dr. Andrew Seguya appreciated the role the school was playing in supporting and modeling conservationists. He pledged to further collaboration with the school.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Chief of Party of the United States Agency for International Development USAID - Uganda Biodiversity Program COP Kaddu Sebunya pledged that UWA and USAID/Uganda Biodiversity Program would partner with the school to promote conservation and will establish memorandum of understanding to run internship and mentoring programs for students with more bias on the females.
“These books are aimed at providing useful information about the Parks and create awareness of the attractions and biodiversity importance. Our major focus for these materials is education institutions which provide support to conservation education”,he said.
In his welcome remarks, the Dean School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences- Makerere University Prof Mnason Tweheyo said that this was the first time the school was receiving such important conservation information which will help in strengthening knowledge of over 8000 students trained by the school in environment, forestry, tourism and environment and conservation management.
Prof. Tweheyo thanked UWA and the USAID for recognising, selecting and donating books to the school describing it as a big boost to the school library and the university at large. He expressed the university commitment to fast track the signing of an MoU to promote tourism and travel.
“We are going to schedule a meeting to fast track the signing of the MoU and one of the benefits of this interaction is that UWA and AWF have agreed to take 60 female students for internship across national parks in Uganda and they will fully meet the costs”, Prof. Tweheyo said.
The book on the Uganda Bird Checklist contains a list and pictures of over 1000 birds species found in Uganda. Information in this booklet reveals that Uganda has 1057 birds of which, 27 need confirmation as they are bracketed in the Birds Atlas for reasons there in. Uganda Bird Checklist also reveals that new species have been added to the Uganda list and therefore the total number of species will continue to change as additional records are made through new sightings or DNA sequencing work. More interesting is that there are over 2250 species recorded on the African continent and the total list of Uganda alone represents nearly half (47%) making Uganda the jewel of Africa with the only absentee being the sea and associated sea-birds.
The book on Murchison Falls Park guides the reader on the location of Uganda and the Park, what to do in the Park, where to stay and how to get there. It also provides information on the history of the park, geology and elephants. It also informs you about people and cultures, the River Nile, conservation with communities and why biodiversity matters among others.
The other two publications are on Lake Mburo and Kidepo National parks and provide useful information on their locations, history, Igongo Cultural Institute, the Acacia invasion, wild life, mammals, birds and many interesting facts on
biodiversity in Uganda