Uganda Embarks On Eco-Tourism Odyssey; Joins Global Sustainable Tourism Council

This partnership aims to preserve the nation's natural wonders while fostering responsible travel practices.

by Mallika Khurana
Uganda Embarks On Eco-Tourism Odyssey; Joins Global Sustainable Tourism Council

In a move that heralds a new era for Uganda’s tourism industry, the country has made headlines by officially joining the prestigious Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). Nestled in the heart of East Africa, Uganda’s decision underscores its dedication to fostering sustainable tourism practices. This move will not only preserve its natural wonders but also its cultural heritage.

Uganda Joins GSTC To Safeguard Natural Splendours

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Renowned for its diverse landscapes and vibrant traditions, Uganda has long been a magnet for adventurous travellers seeking encounters with majestic mountain gorillas, sprawling savannas, and serene lakes. Now, with its membership in the GSTC, the nation is poised to elevate its commitment to environmental conservation and responsible tourism to unprecedented heights.

According to BNN Breaking, since 2015, Uganda has been steadfast in its pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With the establishment of a dedicated SDG Secretariat, Uganda has demonstrated its systematic approach to achieving these ambitious goals. These goals include fostering economic growth while safeguarding the environment.

Central to Uganda’s sustainable tourism strategy is its National Development Plan III (NDP III). It is a visionary roadmap aimed at propelling the nation towards modernity and prosperity by 2040. Embedded within NDP III are initiatives geared towards promoting eco-friendly practices. It will also ensure that economic progress goes hand in hand with environmental preservation.

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A New Chapter In Sustainable Tourism Begins

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Lilly Ajarova, the dynamic CEO of the Uganda Tourism Board, expressed enthusiasm about the country’s partnership with the GSTC, according to BNN Breaking. She also emphasised the importance of setting sustainability standards and exchanging best practices within the region. This collaboration is seen as a pivotal moment in Uganda’s quest to cultivate responsible tourism. These practices will benefit both visitors and local communities alike.

Randy Durband, CEO of the GSTC, also lauded Uganda’s commitment to sustainability. He recognised the country’s proactive stance in aligning with international standards. By adhering to the rigorous GSTC Destination Criteria and pursuing certification through accredited bodies, Uganda is poised to position itself as a beacon of sustainable tourism excellence on the African continent. Uganda’s decision to join the GSTC certainly reflects a broader global trend towards prioritising sustainability in the tourism sector. 

In joining forces with the GSTC, Uganda enhances its appeal as a premier travel destination. It will also lay the groundwork for long-term economic growth and environmental conservation. 

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