The Environmental and Social Credentials of Uganda Gorilla Safaris

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  • Topic: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mountain Gorilla, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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  • Published : June 1, 2013
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Trek Uganda – Environmental and Social Responsibility Credentials. Trek Uganda is a challenge based in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. There are only an estimated 786 Gorillas left in the wild of which half live in Uganda’s Impenetrable Forest. The Ugandan Wildlife Authority has set up strict rules regarding ecotourism surrounding the gorillas and it is only possible to visit them in organised tours of 30 people. At present Dream Challenges has an exclusive contract with Nkuringo Walking Safaris to organise tours for charity fundraisers which will include the opportunity to visit the gorillas in a sustainable way. The permit fee, paid to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority is reinvested in gorilla conservation. Part of this includes anti-poaching measures and education into the importance of gorilla conservation for the local community. Bwindi is one of many areas where Uganda’s Mountain Gorillas live but the area has been designated by the government as a location where gorilla tourism is to be focused to ensure that impacts are kept to an absolute minimum. Impacts are continually assessed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority as well as university academics. Nkuringo Walking Safaris (NWS) have gone to great lengths to make sure that their tours have good eco-credentials. NWS measures and reports on its carbon footprint and reports this annually to the Ugandan Carbon Bureau. In addition local meteorological data is collected on site and used for research and information purposes. The local micro-climate varies hugely on a daily basis so this data is useful for predicting whether climatic conditions are suitable for tourist excursions as well as providing important longer term information about the regions meteorology. The business employs over 50 local people paying them well over the average local wage. Employees range from trained walking safari guides, housekeepers, office and shop staff, canoe guides and more. Nkuringo Walking Safaris make a huge effort with...
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