Kampala, (UG): Victoria University yesterday (Wednesday) announced a groundbreaking partnership with global conservationist and Mexican environmental activist Arturo Islas Allende in a move aimed at the conservation and promotion of Uganda’s beauty and biodiversity through an innovative approach to higher education.
The partnership which was witnessed by the media on Wednesday, November 22, will among others see the two parties join efforts to establish the Arturo Islas Allende Environment and Conservation Centre in Uganda whose primary role will be to create and disseminate new knowledge, with a focus on integrating conservation education into all our academic programmes.
The Centre will also focus, on international student exchange programmes, innovation and training projects for students, and supporting communities harbouring the country’s beauty that needs to be protected.
“In collaboration with Arturo and his team, the Centre will also aim at raising awareness and educating communities in Uganda and the East African region about the value of their natural resources. The goal is to empower individuals and students, to actively participate in conservation efforts and understand the importance of sustainable use,” Dr Lawrence Muganga, the VU Vice Chancellor revealed in a press statement on Wednesday.
But Who is Arturo, the Visionary Creator behind this move?
Arturo Islas Allende, known for his commitment to environmental causes, is in Uganda for the second time, courtesy of ‘Back to the Source Tours.’ Having previously visited in 2021, he has been actively involved in global efforts against the destruction of our planet and animal abuse.
Arturo is a prominent figure in the world of content creation, renowned for his captivating series, “Indomitable X Nature” and “Survivors.” His influence extends across major streaming platforms, including Disney, Netflix, CBS, and Amazon Prime.
As a global movie and documentary maker, Arturo’s work transcends borders. His creative journey led him to participate in the 2018 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa America Brazil, showcasing his versatility in both sports and environmental storytelling.
In 2019, Arturo received the prestigious “El Sol de Oro,” the oldest international award for environmental activism. This accolade recognizes his unwavering commitment to raising awareness about pressing environmental issues through his impactful content.
Arturo Islas Allende holds a remarkable achievement in the realm of social media, boasting the record for the highest number of reproductions on Instagram with one of his videos. This feat underscores the significant impact of his work on a global audience, resonating with people who share his passion for nature and conservation.
In 2020, Arturo took on the role of the host for the CBS Reality Show “SURVIVOR Mexico,” further solidifying his position as a multifaceted entertainer and advocate for environmental consciousness. His involvement in this reality show aligns with his broader mission of inspiring individuals to appreciate and preserve the beauty of the natural world.
Arturo Islas Allende’s journey as an international content creator and environmental activist reflects a profound dedication to using his platform for positive change. Through his creative endeavours, he continues to bridge the gap between entertainment and environmental advocacy, leaving an indelible mark on both industries.
Prof Muganga in his final remarks expressed optimism that the Arturo Environmental Conservation Centre will play a crucial role in gathering ecological data to determine trends in biodiversity exploitation and overexploitation.
“Victoria University students and staff will actively engage in research to ensure that the gathered knowledge is effectively utilized,” he noted, adding that “To achieve a lasting impact, the Centre will also find new markets for sustainably produced natural products by students, as a way enabling them start projects to reduce on unemployment of youth in this country.”
Victoria University, one of the top private universities in Uganda says it is committed to reimagining the purpose of higher education in the face of environmental challenges.
The establishment of the Arturo Islas Allende Environment and Conservation Centre is a step towards fostering a sustainable world for future generations.
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