Accelerating Uganda’s competitiveness as an Ecotourism destination – Learning from Kenya’s Experience.

symposium-web-bannerSNV and BSpace are implementing a project aimed at ‘Promoting Inclusive and Green Business Practices in Uganda’s Tourism Sector’. This project is part of the SWITCH Africa Green program, a six-country program that is supporting Africa to achieve sustainable development by engaging in the transition towards an inclusive green economy based on sustainable consumption and production patterns. The program is developed and funded by the European Commission and is being implemented by UNEP.

In the course of implementing this project SNV and BSpace have recognized that although there has been significant progress in developing Uganda’s ecotourism product, trends show that the product is to a large extent unexplored in comparison to competitors in the East African tourism circuit. In addition, the ecotourism sub sector is facing a myriad of challenges which include: Innovations in the subsector being limited; local communities deriving minimal benefits; economic linkages with the communities being weak and a lack of industrial standards for ecotourism.

To contribute to addressing these challenges SNV and BSpace will be hosting Ms. Grace Nderitu, Chief Executive Officer, Ecotourism Kenya at a symposium to learn from Kenya’s experience and success in becoming a leading global ecotourism actor. Ecotourism Kenya is Kenya’s member-based entity charged with the responsibility of ensuring that Kenya’s tourism is sustainable, in terms of concern for the environment and for the welfare of local communities. This symposium is aimed at contributing to efforts to position Uganda as a more competitive ecotourism destination and will be attended by leading actors in Uganda’s tourism industry from both the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

The symposium will be held at the Sheraton Hotel Kampala on 22nd November, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. For inquiries please contact Aidah at aidah@bspace.co.ug, or on +256  775199704/+256 758491181.