Fwd: Uganda - Guide training in this part of the world

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Subject: Fwd: Uganda - Guide training in this part of the world
From: bob gosford <>
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 22:17:34 +0930
Dear all,

Please see the message from Herbert of Bird Uganda Safaris re Bird Guide
training as a means for local empowerment, economic development and
employment generation.

I've posted a reply to Herbert with regard to a paper I'm working on for the
33rd Society of Ethnobiology Confernence on Victoria island, BC, Canada
early next month.

If you have any comments about Herbert's call for (East African) Bird Field
Guides or your secondhand binoculars please send a reply to him at Birdchat
or via me.

If you have thoughts, contributions or comments about my abstract below
please forward them.

Cheers, best and I look forward to your thoughts.

Bob Gosford
Alice Springs

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: bob gosford <>
Date: 9 April 2010 21:36
Subject: Re: [BIRDCHAT] Guide training in this part of the world
To: Bird Uganda Safaris <>,

Dear Herbert,

We haven't met since the PAOC a year or so ago...I've been following your
posts here and elsewhere.

This call is great timing - early next month I'm presenting a paper at the
upcoming Society of Ethnobiology conference as part of session titled:
in review, prospect and perspective
 My paper abstract is as follows: Birds, people and Money: Can local people
make a living from culturally-based bird tourism?
   Gosford, Robert - Ethnoornithology Research & Study Group

In this paper I will examine the potential for culturally-based bird tourism
to provide opportunities for employment and economic development for local
groups and people.

Birding tourism is widely regarded as a lucrative sub-set of the broader
tourism market, with a variety of services provided by a wide range of local
and international suppliers. Those services range from tours where birds are
included in a broader, general product to dedicated birding-only tours.

I will examine and compare recent proposals in Australia and several
countries in eastern Africa that have sought to develop economic and
employment opportunities for local people to enter the birding tourism
market by developing and offering birding tourism products that are
distinguished by the inclusion of local cultural knowledge of birds into
products offered to potential clients.

Issues that will be considered include local training requirements,
marketing, issues related to access to land and the involvement of national
peak bodies and organizations, government assistance and the potential
benefits and risks involved in culturally-based birding tourism.
END abstract

I don't have any local Field Guides or spare bins that I can send - I'm off
to do two weeks with local Rangers on Aboriginal land from Monday next and
will take all the bins I have out there.

I'll re-post your call onto the Birding-Aus webgroup and see if that gets
any response.

I'd love to hear more from you about the training you are about to do and of
course of your thoughts on this matter generally and any information you
might have about this important issue.

If you (or anyone on Birdchat) have any resources that might be relevant to
my talk please feel free to forward them to me.

Cheers, thanks and I look forward to speaking to you again soon,

Bob Gosford
Alice Springs

On 9 April 2010 20:24, Bird Uganda Safaris <> wrote:

> Dear All,
> The only way for the communities to understand the values of
> ecotourism is to directly benefit from the revenue collected from
> tourists. This month Iam off again to train the communities around
> Bwindi National Park in Birding and Biodiversity conservation. As a
> second alternative from the Mountain Gorillas, this region tops other
> birding sites in Africa but with less bird guides.
> The communities around this area have been looking for funds to use in
> organising the training, but in vain.  I have decided to go down there
> and give them an introduction course to bird watching. We begin on
> 23rd April to 31, 2010.
> Any one willing to send in a field guide book, or a pair of binoculars
> you are welcome. I gues you know how challenging in can be to train
> some to be a bird guide, without binoculars or field guide books.
> Thank you all for your support. .
> Herbert
> --
> Executive Director
> Bird Uganda Safaris Ltd
> 2nd Floor
> Jos House, Plot 55B,
> Opp. Fish Factory
> Telephone +256 312289048
> Fax +256 (0)414222737
> Cellphone +256(0)772518290/ 777912938
> Email. 
> web
> East African Journeys
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Bob Gosford
The Northern Myth blog
Alice Springs, NT
Ph: (+61) 0447024968
Twitter: @bgosford

Bob Gosford
The Northern Myth blog
Alice Springs, NT
Ph: (+61) 0447024968
Twitter: @bgosford

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