In a groundbreaking move for ecological tourism, Uganda is opening its doors to the world's bird-watching enthusiasts by hosting its first global birders conference. This event is a milestone that underlines the rich biodiversity of the region and the vital role of birds within it. Organized by Uganda Women Birders, Uganda Safari Guides Association, Bird Uganda Safaris, and other stakeholders with the support of the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), the International Conference for Women Birders in Kampala is expected to boost various aspects of tourism.
Uganda's Ornithological Potential
With a bird population comprising about 11 percent of the world’s total and over 50 percent of Africa’s total, Uganda is a haven for over 1,100 bird species. This makes the country an attractive destination for birders worldwide. The goal is to allure at least 100,000 birders by 2030, which could potentially generate up to $700 million annually.
Boosting Tourism and Economy
The global birders conference is seen as an opportunity to highlight Uganda's potential as a premier birding destination, thereby attracting substantial foreign exchange through birding. The African Birding Expo, another noteworthy event to be held in Uganda, has become a hub for the bird-watching community both within and outside Africa.
Creating Awareness and Solutions
This expo brings together key players in the tourism sector and offers a platform to share experiences, raise awareness, and find solutions to birding-related issues in Africa. With the commitment to safeguard and promote its rich bird population, Uganda is set to transform into a global hotspot for birding.