The theme for the event for BBD 2018 is “Investing in biodiversity for the benefit of people” geared towards stepping up efforts to halt biodiversity loss and protect the ecosystems that support food and water security and health for billions of people and generate income for many nations through tourism
The BBD, a three day event kicked off with a Launch that was followed by the birding and finally the festival palnned for 10th November 2018 .
The BBD launch that happened on the 1st Nov involved a public talk about the theme. Prior to the key note speaker, were remarks from Uganda wildlife Authority (UWA) by Mr. Stephen Masaba the Director Conservation who appreciated the lead person for having organized the BBD event for so many years now. He highlighted about the status of different species found in the various sites and appreciated the figures that have continuously gone high. He cited that this is as a result of the efforts put together by different partners, stakeholders in safeguarding the habitats of these species. He therefore applauded all the stakeholders for the wonderful job done
Remarks from the Uganda Bird Guides Club were given by Mr. Johnie Kamugisha, the adviser Bird guides club. He was mainly providing guiding lines to be followed while conducting any Birding activity. Among which was the need for at least two professional bird guides on a team of birders. He however encouraged non birders to pick up this interesting activity and contribute to tourism promotion. He then wished everyone a very good birding session
The key note speech followed and it was given by Prof. Wilber Aheebwa from Makerere University Tourism department. His presentation looked at the importance of ecosystems and the need to protect them. He noted that while doing this, we are adding value to its beauty and improving on its richness hence productive yields. He however cautioned that vast Biodiversity has been left unattended and as result there has been continuous loss of biodiversity value. He challenged all to positively contribute to the protection of Biodiversity
At the launch time, Ms. Claire Mugabi the Marketing Manager Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) on behalf of UTB applauded the stake holders for the immense contributions towards preparing for the Big Birding day events. She pledged support to the entire public to promote Birding as an activity and promised for a better BBD in the subsequent years. She indicated that a bigger a bigger working budget would be provided to cater for all birding key activities. With those remarks, she officially launched the BBD 2018