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Saving Our Snow: Kasese Tourism Investors Forum Partner with Million Trees International For Kasese Conservation Forestry Project


In August 2023, Kasese Tourism Investors Forum through Rwenzori Theluji Festival conducted a biodiversity week that saw a number of conservation activities done at Destination Kasese.

As a member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Kasese Tourism Investors Forum subscribes to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) that launched a new Commitments for Nature platform with the aim of recognizing and encouraging commitments to conserve land and water (Area-Based Commitments). The platform aims to inspire business, civil society, and other non-state organizations to contribute toward achieving global ambitions for biodiversity while also facilitating transparency around the range of commitments being proposed and implemented to achieve global goals and targets.


A Million Trees International Organisation (MTIO) is a community-based approach organization aimed at restoring green and sustainable homesteads, domestic tourism, achieving sustainable development goals, collaborate with other environmental partners for climate change activism and environmental patriotism. Million Trees International Organisation stands to be a unique company aiming at preserving and protecting the environment & climate of Uganda and Africa. It aims at planting one million long term trees to every constituency in Uganda.

The two organizations will be implementing the Kasese Conservation Forestry Project in partnership with Kasese Municipal Council and the local community of Kasese.

The project will promote conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and more equitable sharing of benefits accruing from forest resources in one of the world’s last remaining extensive tracts of tropical rainforest. The project will improve forest management, promote the environmental sustainability of forest harvests and implement a strategy to promote conservation and small-scale sustainable-use enterprises in biodiversity-rich areas.

Formal forestry management in Uganda dates back more than over 110yearswhen the colonial administration established the Forest Department (FD) to manage Uganda’s forests. About1.9million hectares are designated as a Permanent Forest Estate of the country.

Kasese Forestry Conservation project will be implemented at Kemihoko cell and Scheme Ward in Nyamwamba Division on the Famous Butsumba Muro Hill.

According to Global Forest Watch, from 2002 to 2022, Kasese lost 1.12 kha of humid primary forest, making up 12% of its total tree cover loss in the same time period. Total area of humid primary forest in Kasese decreased by 4.9% in this time period.

In 2010, Kasese had 153 kha of tree cover, extending over 46% of its land area. In 2022, it lost 356 ha of tree cover, equivalent to 200 kt of CO₂ emissions. These emissions threaten the snows around Rwenzori Mountains and this stimulated action for biodiversity conservation and tree planting efforts by the Kasese Tourism Investors Forum.

Our life depends on Biodiversity conservation because Biodiversity is the foundation of life on earth. Diverse wildlife and plant species help ecosystems thrive, protect us from natural disasters, and regulate the climate. But we’re in the midst of a global biodiversity crisis. Species are going extinct faster than ever, and many of the world’s biodiversity hotspots are in countries burdened by poverty, food insecurity, and intensifying climate change.

To protect biodiversity and the prosperity of local communities worldwide we must adopt and spur demand for more responsible and sustainable practices that safeguard soil, water, forests, and wildlife.

The writer is a youth in tourism and conservation around the Rwenzori Mountains.

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Kameli Zepha Bwambale
Kameli Zephaniah Bwambale (Uganda) is an African Business and Community Leader, Writer and Business Development Professional working to transform Africa through Business and Community Leadership. He is the National & Global Coordinator at Shirikisha Civic Organization of East Africa-SCOEA Secretary to the Board and Managing Director at Musingika Tourism Company Limited (Uganda's Youngest CEO of the Year 2022 and Top20 Tourism Writer of Year 2022) He has worked as a Business Trainer, Consultant and Business coach at Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA) and Rwenzori Albertine Regional Trade Association (RARTA) He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, USA), the Humanitarian Leadership Academy (UK) and Kabale University (Uganda) He is a Board Member at YOPSA Financial Services Ltd, Kasese Tourism Investor's Forum , Kalu Mart Health Centre and Green Girls and Women Conservation Program-Uganda He is an alumnus YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa at Kenyatta University and participant United Nations Global Compact pursuing tourism, climate change, environmental conservation, Civic engagement, financial inclusion and social entrepreneurship agenda for transforming Africa.


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