Sumary of Uganda: Bujagali Dam – Communities Count Losses From Tourism, Fishing:
- To imagine those fun-loving, testosterone-packed young men that used to fling themselves into Bujagali falls to entertain tourists, now digging pit latrines for a living!.
- says Hellen Awori, a 32-year-old, born and raised resident of Budondo village where Bujagali falls were once located..
- Bujagali falls was once a magnet of unending tourism and a source of livelihood to thousands of people living and working along the Nile;.
- Karuma located on the Kampala-Gulu highway in Kiryandongo district, Isimba falls near Kayunga town and Bujagali..
- In a phone conversation with Dr Tom Okurut, the executive director of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), he acknowledged that there are lessons that have been learned from the Bujagali dam construction..
- Arising from Bujagali, we are now doing Isimba and here we have created special conservation areas because we know, when flooding takes place, some of those things that disappeared could be conserved,”.
- The special conservation areas for Isimba are called Kalagala offset, and they have been gazetted as ‘no work zones’..
- Isimba and Karuma falls follow the long-forgotten Rippon falls that gave way for the Owen Falls dam in the early 1950s – now renamed Nalubaale dam….