Community Perception of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism in Queen Elizabeth National Park: A Case Study of Kyambura Village, Kichwamba Sub County, Rubirizi District
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This report was based on topic COMMUNITY PERCEPTION OF WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND TOURISM IN QENP.A case study of Kyambura village. The major objective of the study was to access the community perception of wildlife conservation in QENP. Data were collected using questionnaires interviews with local community members through focused discussions. Data were analyzing in SPSS where it was grouped in qualitative format under different research themes. The results indicate perception and attitudes towards wildlife conservation and tourism are both positive and negative. The negative perception about wildlife conservation in QENP was accompanied by various challenges faced by these people for example the most recorded challenge was crop raiding by the animals from the national park, and from the people’s view, the park does nothing about this ever growing problem, they also went ahead to narrate the difficult life styles they live as a result of crop raiding, hunger and famine as cropped out as a result of scarcity of food, people have abandoned their families and camped in the gardens to chase off animals whole night long so as to have at least a little harvest to keep them living. It is concluded that QENP once well planned with consideration of all stakeholders, it can be used as an effective tool to improve the local people’s livelihoods since the park has the potential of extending the benefits to local people were the attractions are located and based on the fact that the park is one of the major tourist destinations in Uganda It is recommended that the management should listen to people’s cries and fence the park, it may not necessarily to fence the entire park, but to fence the major escape points of these animals into the communities. They should also go ahead and value and compensate for those people whose lose their properties and crops to these animals, bureaucracy tendencies in giving out the annual gate collections should be reduced so that the real affected people benefit from the policy.