President Yoweri Museveni has called upon environmental conservationists to support the socio-economic transformation of Africa if they are to succeed in protecting the environment.
President Museveni made the remarks last night during a state dinner he hosted in honor of the Giants Club Conservation and Tourism Investment Forum participants at State House, Entebbe.
He said that one of the biggest dangers to conservation is the big population pressure which forces people to practice primitive agriculture and other backward deeds such as land fragmentation.
“If you are to conserve the environment, you must support socio- economic transformation in Africa. One of the dangers to conservation is the big population pressure,” he said.
The President noted that politically, government is able to mobilize people to respect conservation but it cannot be words alone. He said that if the conservationists in the world do not help Africa transition to develop other sectors, conservation would become a problem in many African countries.
The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, that of the Presidency Hon. Esther Mbayo, former British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Hon George Osborne, United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative Rosa Malango, Uganda Tourism Board Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Asiimwe and Uganda Investment Authority Executive Director, Jolly Kaguhangire, among others, attended the dinner.