Rwenzoris incharge of treking John Hunwick talks to Edwardson and Musinguzi. PHOTO by Wilfred Sanya
By Wilfred Sanya
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has received mountain rescue equipment from aid agency USAID that will be used to train Ugandans with skills for rescue emergencies.
The items were handed over by the Africa program coordinator for United States Forestry Service (USFS), Matthew Edwardson to the Acting executive director of UWA, Elly Musinguzi in Kampala on Friday.
Musinguzi pointed out that the USFS international program team is currently in the field carrying out two courses with UWA.
Training will includs trail planning, construction and maintenance which involves topics like mountain search and rescue training with basic skills.The training will also benefit people in tourist communities.
“Mt. Rwenzori is a great World Heritage Site UNESCO, where people can enjoy good scenery, hiking, bird watching and forest walks. It is the only place in the world where you find ice and snow at the Equator, which is a beautiful experience”, Musinguzi remarked.
He expressed gratitude towards to the USAID STAT for the support given to UWA through various projects that include Pearl of Uganda Program, Visitor information Centre survey and design project, training guides, Queen Elizabeth marketing and experimenting tourism promotions.
“We work with communities and people around the parks. A such, we have our partners Rwenzori Mountaineering services and Rwenzori Tourist services who offer employment to the people in the surrounding communities who in turn market the Rwenzoris,” he observed. Source. newvision.com