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1 Ray Victurine WCS

2 Background Impetus: WCS/NPCA business planning presentation at VTH World Park Congress – Sustainable Finance Stream Draft business plans from Madagascar (Masoala) and Brasil (Tijuca)

3 Rwenzori Highlights 1941 – Rwenzori Mountains above 2,200 m covering 995 square kilometers are set aside as a Forest Reserve by the Uganda Forest Department 1991 – The Rwenzori Mountains are gazetted as a National Park and ownership transferred to Uganda National Parks, now the Uganda Wildlife Authority 1994 – The Rwenzori Mountains National Park is designated as a World Heritage Site, along with adjacent Virguna National Park in DR Congo and nearby Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda – The park closes due to rebel activity 2001 – UNESCO places RMNP on list of World Heritage Sites in Danger 2001 – Park reopens after rebel activity ceases 2004 – UNESCO declares RMNP again to be safe

4 Greater Virunga Landscape

5 Rwenzori Highlights Glaciated mountain peaks – only Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya are higher Rare and threatened species: Chimpanzees (Pan Troglodyte), Horse Shoe Bat (Rhinolophus Ruwenzorii) Rwenzori duiker (Cephalophus rubidus) and the very rare strange-horned chameleon (Bradypodion xenorhinus)

6 Rwenzori National Park in Context Estimated one million people rely on Rwenzoris for water 60-70% of population below poverty line rely on park for resources

7 98% of the households in the Kasese district (which borders the edge of the park) burn charcoal for cooking and heating. Park provides fuel- wood, timber, building poles, thatching materials, bush-meat, medicinal plants, vegetables, water, fruits and honey

8 Business plan objectives Help UWA analyze the true costs of doing business Better associate costs with implementation of GMP Stimulate UWA to think long term about the financial aspects of park management Identify funding gaps and their impacts Develop strategies for filling funding gaps (revenue generation)

9 Park Programs Community conservation Resource conservation and management Monitoring and research Tourism development Park operations and maintenance

10 Income and Expenditures

11 Cost Analysis

12 Funding Scenarios

13 Revenue Options 1. Ecotourism

14 Diversify products Improve marketing in conjunction with private sector Improve services Bwindi National Park receives 5,000 visitors per year Kilimanjaro receives over 25,000 visitors Duke d’Abruzzi Centenial

15 2.Environmental Services - WATER Energy generation Industrial use Domestic consumption

16 3. Branding and Tie-ins Connections with Rwenzori Brands Rwenzori Coffee Rwenzori Tea Rwenzori Water A Rwenzori Water deal alone could generate over $100,000 per year

17 4. Partnerships WCS – Greater Virunga Landscape transboundary conservation project WWF - Rwenzori conservation and development project Inns of Uganda – new hotel investment with Ecotrust Others to be Identified

18 Next steps Standardize financial reporting mechanisms within UWA to know the cost of doing business Develop standardized format for UWA business plans Work with UWA to begin exploring feasible revenue options for the Rwenzori and develop implementation plans Undertake business planning for the Greater Virunga Landscape parks – including DRC

19 Use this plan to demonstrate that we cannot afford NOT to save the forest ecosystems of Uganda

20 Thank You


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