Here is the new and improved Geomission Uganda project outline:
Geomission Uganda is a new Queen Elizabeth Parks Twinning Project initiative. The aim of the project is to investigate the possibility of developing new sustainable tourism products based on the diverse geology of the Albertine Rift Valley.
Although there are already a small number of geology based tourist attractions in the region, these are currently underutilised by tourists and safari companies. If these geological features were promoted they could provide opportunities for communities outside of the main wildlife viewing destinations.
The QE Parks Twinning Project believes that geological tourism has the potential to help communities develop a greater sense of engagement with tourists by developing products that are based on the landscape and local cultures rather than transient wildlife that communities often feel little connection with.
Geomission Uganda has three phases;
- Investigate and evaluate existing geology based tourism products.
- Explore local knowledge of the Albertine Rift Valley
- Recognise where key geological features are being used and/or understood.
- Development of Geological Tourism Ideas
- Develop and refine tourism ideas in partnership with the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the surrounding conservation area.
- Support geology based community tourism ventures, particularly in areas where wildlife tourism is limited.
- Training and evaluation
- Development of a training programme in basic geology for rangers, guides and others interested.
- Development of a geoscience resource pack for use in schools in Uganda and the UK.
Listed below are the specific aims and outcomes we hope Geomission Uganda will achieve over the next 3 years. Aims are divided into the 3 categories which form the core of the QE Parks Twinning Project.
Rangers & Conservation
- Evaluate existing geology based tourism products.
- Provide basic geological training for Rangers.
- Support the Uganda Wildlife Authority in strengthening provisions for geology based tourism.
- Develop geology based tours with safari companies.
- Support geology based community tourism ventures, particularly where benefits from wildlife tourism are limited.
- Produce an information leaflet suitable for communities to learn and deliver information on basic local geology.
- Produce a simple guide book about the geology of the Albertine Rift Valley for tourists.
Schools & Education
- Develop a geoscience resource pack for primary schools in UK and Uganda.
- Run geoscience workshops for twinned schools.
- Inspire an interest in the sciences amongst children in Uganda and in the UK.