Bunyoro conservationists use sports to engage youths in environmental protection

Youth participate in the “Football for Conservation” tournament at Mparangasi Village in Kyabigambire Sub-county, Hoima District in 2023. (Image: Samuel Baguma/Kazi-njema News)

Being noted that most youths in Bunyoro Region, mid-western Uganda do not attend community meetings meant to be a conduit for communicating projected hard-hitting specifics, the Manager Bulindi Chimpanzee and Community Project (BCCP), reveals that conservationists have switched to what attracts most their target.

Mr Moses Semahunge, says in their search for the right alternative to reach their target, environmental and wildlife conservationists have realised that the pendulum has inclined to football tournaments as it has been found to be a convergent force.

Aimed to engage especially the youth community in knowing the importance of chimpanzees to people, the manager says dubbed “Football for Conservation,” the BCCP-organised tournament has so far mobilised them how to live with the endangered apes without conflict.

Mr Semahunge believes that football tournaments are a better way of educating and creating awareness among the youth about environmental and wildlife conservation being optimistic that they will create a great impact on the natural resources and protect chimpanzees from harm inflicted by the community.

Audio: Semahunge on sports for environmental conservation (English)

The BCCP manager says, according to the evaluation, the tournament that began in 2021 and held every November is yielding fruits in Hoima and Kikuube districts where 16 teams drawn from areas neighbouring chimpanzee habitats participated this year with intent to sensitise the youth and other people about environmental and wildlife conservation.

The team from Kiziramfumbi sub-county emerged winners of the 3rd edition of the chimpanzee tournament 2023, walking back home with a bull and a trophy.


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