Uganda’s Second National Development Plan (NDP II) identifies tourism as a pillar of economic growth. Uganda’s rich natural heritage provides an opportunity to promote sustainable tourism linked to wildlife watching tourism. The National Tourism Sector Strategic Plan 2015/16 – 2019/20 indicates the lack of reliable, timely and accurate tourism data as a challenge. The project aims to fill in this gap with data innovation and big data.

Pulse Lab Kampala

Sectors of activity
Environmental Services, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation, Tourism

Type of initiative
Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
United Nations / intergovernmental organizations

Start date
13/02/2019

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Chanil Jung

Programme Analyst

UNDP

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Objectives

Uganda, known as the “Pearl of Africa” has a rich natural heritage of acclaimed beauty and relevance for global biodiversity. The abundance of wildlife species in National Parks offers remarkable opportunities to promote sustainable tourism linked to wildlife watching tourism, that can both protect biodiversity and support local communities. Uganda’s second National Development Plan (NDP II) identifies tourism as a pillar for economic growth. However, the lack of reliable, timely, and accurate tourism data hampers its development. Therefore, the project proposes harnessing big data and technology to support and fill data gaps to promote sustainable tourism.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

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Impact and Results

Data on the economic value of tourism linked to wildlife watching will be available to inform sustainable tourism policies. Data on the value of tourism linked to National Parks will contribute to the survival of the African elephants and other species in danger of extinction, such as cheetahs, mountain gorillas and rhinos will be promoted. Moreover, the project will improve livelihoods of local communities around National Parks through sustainable development programs.