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EU Ambassador to Uganda planting a ceremonial tree during a recent field visit to the Rwenzori Region in Western Uganda
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EU Envoy commends WWF work in Rwenzori region

H.E. Kristian Schmidt, the Head of Delegation and Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to the Republic of Uganda, has commended the conservation work that the WWF Uganda Country Office (UCO) is doing in the Rwenzori region, in Western Uganda.
“Thank you for the great work you are doing,” said H.E. Schmidt.

The Ambassador made the remarks during a delegation tour in the Rwenzori region where he was visiting an over Euro 1.3 Million EU funded project that WWF UCO is implementing.

The three and a half year project is piloting a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) scheme, focusing on watershed services and promoting tourism in and around Rwenzori Mountains National Park; a World Heritage and a Ramsar Site.

“We cannot keep the animals without the people. Ensure that people benefit, then the animals will be safe,” H.E. Schmidt said.

In his remarks, WWF Uganda Country Director, Mr. David Duli acknowledged the continued support from the EU towards various projects that WWF has implemented in Uganda.

“WWF has many donors (that support its conservation work), the EU has played a very pivotal role in sustaining the organization’s conservation mandate in the different parts of Uganda including the Rwenzori region,” Mr. Duli said.

The project, also known as, Sustainable Financing for the Rwenzori Mountain National Park (SFRMNP), is implemented in partnership with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), Directorate of Water Resources Management (DWRM) and District Local Governments of Kasese, Bundibugyo, Ntoroko and Kabarole.

During his visit, the Ambassador also had a meeting with Kasese District Local Government officials where he met with the District Vice Chairperson, Mr. Muhindo Tadeo and district technical staff.

“We must all work hard to bring back the glory of the snow,” said Mr. Muhindo referring to the snow capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountain that are reportedly disappearing due to global warming.

The district officials also thanked WWF and the Ambassador for their support in efforts to restore the Rwenzori region.

The day’s events were crowned by planting of a ceremonial tree and a field visit to some of the benefiting communities around the Rwenzori Mountain National Park.

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