Dr Wilber Ahebwa

Dr Wilber Manyisa Ahebwa (Makerere University)

Research title: Linking Communities and Conservation through Tourism: An Evaluation of Enterprise Approach in the Greater Virunga Landscape

Research project: This project focuses on tourism-related enterprises as strategy to address the twin challenge biodiversity conservation and community development in the Great Virunga Landscape. The project aims are threefold: a). Evaluating the gender dimensions of engagement in conservation enterprises; b). Conducting a comparative evaluation of Private-Community Partnership and Direct Community Engagement models in introduction, development and implementation of conservation enterprises; and c). Assessing community integration in the tourism value chain and Management of conservation enterprises. The fellowship in Cambridge will enable literature and other material sharing, co-publications and other academic exchanges for the benefit of both Universities. On return to Uganda, a Makerere reading and discussion group along the same lines of the political ecology group in Cambridge will be established, which will support departmental research and teaching of graduate students.

Collaborating with: Dr Chris Sandbrook, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.