Geomission Uganda is an initiative I am developing with the Queen Elizabeth Parks Twinning Project. It aims to identify and promote geological tourism within Uganda’s Albertine Rift Valley.
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.
Please visit queenelizabethparks.org for more information.