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Uganda hosts about 60% of the global population of the rare and endangered mountain gorilla.
Forestry and Tourism are important contributors to Uganda's economy with a 6% and 9% contribution to GDP respectively. Uganda's touristic products are largely nature based and centered on distinct geographical areas especially the Albertine rift region. While the vast majority of Uganda's biodiversity is found in natural forests, Uganda's forest cover has drastically declined from 4.9M ha in early 1990s to 1.8 M ha in 2015.
Forests and Wildlife play a significant role in national development through their contribution to the ecological balance, energy and industrial activities.
Forests are also home to the great apes which are the greatest tourism attraction in the country. Mountain Gorilla tracking and Chimpanzee viewing top the list with Gorilla tourism reported to contribute more than 50% of tourism revenue in Uganda.
Other important Wildlife resources of Tourism value inculude the Big Cats (Lions, Leopards and cheetahs); Elephants; Hippopotamus; Pangolin among others marjority of which are in National Parks, Wildlife reserves and Forest reserves.
However, Forest and Biodiversty loss caused by encroachment for agriculture, illegal logging, charcoal production, illegal wildlife trade, retaliatory killings of wildlife, poaching, Oil&gas exploration and climate change account for the decline of important wildlife resources.
Through the Forest and Biodiversity program, WWF-Uganda is working with partners (Government Ministries, Agencies, Local Governments, Private Sector and communities) to conserve the integrity of Uganda's protected areas and habitats on private land. This is being done with a balanced mix of forest and wildlife policy, expansion of forest estate, good governance and community livelihoods interventions.
The overall objective of the project is that by 2025, rural livelihoods are improved and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced through widespread access to clean and renewable sources of energy in Uganda.
It is graduation season at Makerere University and World Wide Fund for Nature- Uganda Country Office (WWF-UCO) would like to congratulate all students that have successfully completed their studies but more so to the Earth Hour ambassadors, the young and zealous individuals who have committed to working towards conserving nature.
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