life's hectic non-stop party threatens to get out of control and really exhausting
. . just to make sure that the Ugandans are all okay down there, and getting ready
for our COP.
may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
9th Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP9)
is scheduled to be held in Kampala, Uganda, in November 2005, and a day after
returning from frigid Montréal in November 2004, Mr Peck joined his colleagues
Mireille and Valerie as the "Ramsar logistics team" in a week's visit
to check out the proposed facilities.
Mireille and a Green Bay Packers fan check out the National Conference Centre
in Kampala (soon to be renovated -- will it be ready in time?).
in for a few days of facilities-checking, Mireille and Valerie stock up on bottled
water with the welcome advice of our bodyguard.
courtesy visit with the Minister of the Environment, Odongo Jeje (centre, in a
business suit instead of his military uniform). From left: our friend Paul
Mafabi, head of Uganda's Wetlands Inspection Division, Valerie, JJ, Mireille,
and Dwight. [General Odongo Jeje is presently the Minister of Defense (2013).]
meeting with the multisectoral COP9 National Organizing Committee (NOC)
by the Permanent Secretary for Environment, Engineer B. K. Kabanda, at the head
of the table (and Chris Gordon peering over heads in the background).
artisans' bazaar in the centre of Kampala, on a 40C degree day.
leave of the Wetlands Inspection Division after several days of talks: from left,
Dwight, Paul, Mireille, and Valerie
Kampala (or rather uptown Kampala, the government and commercial sector on one
of the Seven Hills)
continuously populated road from Kampala to Entebbe
here to view the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe, on the shores of Lake
Victoria, as a potential Plan B in case the Kampala centre is not ready in time.
subsequently been answered, we're not going here at all -- we're booked into the
Speke Resort in Munyonyo. Wish us luck.]
tacky, but lovely, reception area in the Imperial Resort in Entebbe, November
schoolkids visiting the swimming pool and playground at the Imperial Resort
on the beach, Entebbe, on Lake Victoria
in uniform at the local wildlife park in Entebbe