Twenty five years of research collaboration between UWA, partners and MUST, realizing effective and sustainable partnership in conservation

…the theme it was for this year’s ITFC/UWA information sharing workshop. The days were 17th and 18th July 2014 when all roads led to Ruhija, for a remarkably successful annual research dissemination workshop. Organized by ITFC, UWA and their partners, this year’s workshop was exceptional in three special ways. Firstly, ITFC was celebrating 25 years of partnership with UWA and several of its partners. Secondly, it was ITFC’s celebration of 25 years of Mbarara University of Science and Technology’s (MUST) existence. Thirdly, it was a tribute to Professor Frederick I.B Kayanja who will be retiring from public service on the 24th October 2014. Prof. Kayanja is the founding father of ITFC and a former board member of Uganda National Parks (now UWA) and whose concerted efforts helped Bwindi to attain its national park status. No wonder, this year’s attendance out-matched all the previous year’s with 80 participants from all corners of the region.

The workshop attracted participants from twelve academic and conservation organizations, local government, ITFC Alumni and student interns. Prof. Kayanja led the MUST delegation that included all the Deans and Directors of the different faculties and Institutes at MUST. The Bwindi-Mgahinga Conservation Area Manager led the UWA delegation. Representatives from the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP), Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust (BMCT), Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC), Budongo Conservation Field Station (BCFS), Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA), Unite for The Environment (UNITE), Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and Gorilla Organization. Below in pictorial are the highlights of the workshop. Please see our blog for how ITFC thanked and appreciated Prof. Kayanja for his honorable and committed service to ITFC, Bwindi and Uganda’s biodiversity conservation.

Group photo of workshop participants

Group photo of workshop participants

The BMCA Conservation Area Manager, Mr Pontious Ezuma  presentting the BMCA management plan

The BMCA Conservation Area Manager, Mr Pontious Ezuma presentting the BMCA management plan

Dr Viola Nyakato (MUST)  shares her experience on gender issues and land tenure

Dr Viola Nyakato (MUST) shares her experience on gender issues and land tenure

Dr Bernard Ssebide from MGVP a.k.a gorilla doctors assured the audience Uganda was better prepared for any outbreak of Ebola

MGVP’s Dr Bernard Ssebide assured the audience Uganda was better prepared for any outbreak of Ebola

Dr Simon Anguma, Dean, Faculty of Science at MUST during one of the sessions as a chair

Dr Simon Anguma, Dean, Faculty of Science at MUST during one of the sessions as a chair

Mr Desi Tibamanya aka Bwana Desi (ITFC Finance and Administration Officer) assuring guests that they were not eating bush meat but goat’s meat

Mr Desi Tibamanya aka Bwana Desi (ITFC Finance and Administration Officer) assuring guests that they were not eating bush meat but goat’s meat

This  is what happens when conservationists meet Koffi Olomide

This is what happens when conservationists meet Koffi Olomide

Emmanuel, Robert and Badru

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