An exciting two days of program review and planning were enjoyed by the participants of the IGCP sixth Technical Advisory Group meeting. The team of about eighteen coalition members and IGCP staff shared updates on accomplished actions since the last TAG meeting in 2018 and also conducted parallel field visits to IGCP supported projects (park edge tourism products, leading the change – community rain water harvesting tanks, use of SMART technology in Bwindi, HuGo groups – managing human wildlife conflict issues in the area and mountain gorilla tourism in Bwindi) in the park adjacent community of Buhoma; and held fruitful discussions with the beneficiary communities and implementing partners.
Both roundtable and field discussions helped in deepening the understanding of the TAG members on the positive impact IGCP work is making in the community. It also gave a clear picture on the status of mountain gorilla conservation/tourism in the area and the involvement of the community in the same. Notable among the lessons/observations was that there was increased understanding and appreciation of gorilla conservation and associated benefits, increased will and zeal to conserve the gorilla and its habitat among the community.
The sixth TAG meeting did not only give the participants an opportunity to internally meet and share but also an opportunity to meet and interact with IGCP beneficiaries and partners, learn about the challenges/realities on the ground and possible solutions to address some of them. Key outcomes from the TAG meeting included approval of the IGCP MEL and result frameworks. IGCP is grateful to the coalition members for always offering an enriching advantage – of having new or more partners to think reflect and plan with.
Held annually since 2014 to review the progress of the programme and plan for its continued success, the sixth technical advisory group meeting was held on 19th and 20th March at Ride for a woman in Buhoma, Uganda. Representatives from coalition offices of WWF – Sweden, UK, Uganda, Denmark, DRC, International – Wildlife Practice, Regional Office for Africa and representatives from Fauna and Flora International – UK office, and Conservation International – the newest IGCP coalition member participated in this meeting