Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) will divert tourism activities at the peak of oil and gas construction works. According to the new management plans for Murchison Falls National Park and Kabwoya Game reserve, new tourism tracks and circuits will be constructed to divert tourism traffic from the current circuits that also have oil deposits.
This is contained in the new management plan the UWA board members approved few weeks ago. According to the new management plans for Murchison Falls National Park and Kabwoya Game reserve, new tourism tracks and circuits will be constructed to divert tourism traffic from the current circuits that also have oil deposits.
Charles Tumwesigye, the Deputy Director for conservation at UWA, says the management plans will guide the wildlife authority in planning what to do in specific areas. He says both Kabwoya and Murchison Falls lie within the oil belts. He says with the approval of the plan, UWA will be in a better position to offer better services in the national parks. He says the plan provides for different activities within the park which may not threaten the existence of wildlife.
Tumwesigye also says the plan has also incorporated oil activities within the parks. He says with the approval, oil monitoring and management will be done in accordance with the plan.
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The deputy director says UWA is planning to construct new tracks and expand tourism activities to new areas so that the construction of refineries and oil pipelines do not affect tourism activities.
Tumwesigye says while the management plan for Murchison Falls National Park is already being printed, the procurement process for Kabwoya is already on. He says once this is done, the plans shall be distributed to different stakeholders for effective implementation. The UWA board has also approved another plan for Bwindi National Park, but did not reveal the details of what the plan says. Recently, Total E&P said it will not tamper with Virunga range on the DR Congo side of the border. However the company that operates in Murchison Falls national Park is continuing with exploration in the area.