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The Bwindi Collection 2017-2018. Developing the capacity of community groups

Sanaa Gateja, Ian Middleton

Project report, 18 pages

The project ‘Local economic development through ‘pro-poor’ gorilla tourism in Uganda’ has been developing initiatives to increase the value of gorilla tourism for both tourists and local people. This report summarises the project’s training programme provided by Sanaa Gateja of Kwetu Africa Art and Design.

The training aimed to develop the capacity of community groups around Bwindi to produce high quality handicrafts to meet the expectations of international tourists. Through the series of workshops described, local craftspeople have been able to blend new ideas with old practices to produce high quality products which reflect the environment and cultures of the region – the ‘Bwindi Collection’.

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Gorilla-tracking tourist activities in Uganda's Bwindi national park generate critical revenue for conservation, but local benefits from tourism are limited and the illegal use of the park's resources continues. This project will develop and test new community-based tourism products and services that improve local skills and job opportunities, and the long-term prospects for the park.

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