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UWA, Batwa Ink MoU to Protect Semliki National Park

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Ms Pamela Nabukenya Wairagala, the senior project Manager Fauna and Flora International, said that the MoU would protect the two communities in case want to access the National park because they are knowledgeable about the forest have been leaving in good harmony with the wild animals.


She added:”The Batwa and Bamaga would be tourist attractions and also guide the tourists since they are well versed with all the forest species and animals.”


While addressing the congregation that witnessed the signing of MoU held at Bumate Camp Site in Semuliki National Park over the weekend, Nabukenya said the two minority groups will, however, protect the national park by reporting any poachers or encroaches.


She affirmed that they will get a share of the park revenue.


Mr. Edward Asalu, the Executive Director UWA, also the Conservation Area Manager Kibale National Park, said they wanted to bring communities on board so as to fulfil the UWA’s mission of conserving National Parks.


He cautioned them to embrace education of their children so that they can qualify to get jobs in UWA.


Mr. Nuwagaba Elias Katebe, Deputy RDC Bundibugyo, officiating as chief guest warned the locals against misusing the money generated from the sale of cocoa in consuming alcohol and marrying more women but prioritize the education of their children for the area to develop.


The two minority groups which used to stay in the forests of Mt. Rwenzori were recently relocated and settled to Ntandi sub county Bundibugyo district by the European Union as one way of integrating them with other tribes of Bamba, Bakonzo and Batuku.

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