Uganda Wildlife Authority known for conservation as its core mandate has proved a force to reckon with on the sports front by participating in the 2013 inter forces tournament where they scooped thirteen trophies in different events and disciplines.
African Explorer and Anthropologist Julian Monroe Fisher, in conjunction with The Uganda Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities, The Uganda Wildlife Authority, the Ministry of Wildlife, Conservation & Tourism for South Sudan, the descendants of the Victorian explorer Sir Samuel White Baker, RailRiders Adventure Clothing and Costa Del Mar Sunglasses has announced plans to establish The Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker Historical Trail.
Key states along the illegal ivory value chain have committed to urgent measures to halt the illegal trade and secure elephant populations across Africa. The agreement was reached at the African Elephant Summit convened by the government of Botswana and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
The leadership of Bunyoro Kitara kingdom whose three districts of Buliisa, Kiryandongo and Masindi border Murchison Falls National Park, has committed to supporting Uganda Wildlife Authority in the conservation of wildlife which will in turn boost tourism.
All roads led to Packwach through Murchison Falls National Park as thousands thronged Owiny Primary school to get the best vantage point for viewing the hybrid eclipse on November 3rd,2013.
Ministers responsible for Tourism from the East African Community (EAC) Partner States and the EAC Secretariat on Wednesday hosted an EAC Joint Event to promote the region as a Single Tourist Destination at the World Travel Market (WTM) 2013 in London.
Uganda's Prime minister and head of government business Mr. Amama Mbabazi on November 9th 2013 led a high powered delegation of eminent citizens to visit Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park where he sighted the much sought after tree climbing lions.
A study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) using Game spy digital cameras around the Ayago water falls area on the Victoria Nile has shown big populations of wildlife in the southern sector of the Murchison Falls National Park than previously believed.
The visit to our national parks in November, by eminent citizens including Uganda's Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi (Ishasha Sector), minister for youth Ronald Kibuule (Queen Elizabeth) and the king of Bunyoro His Royal Highness Dr. Solomon Gafabusa Iguru 1 among others, was not only a gesture of growing interest from domestic tourists but also a vote of confidence in our conservation strategies.
The emergence of Tourism promotion groups like Kinkiizi Tourism Club, the Kigezi Tourism Cluster, Busoga Tourism Initiative etcetera is another testimony of how ready the communities are, to tap into the sprawling growing tourism sector.
The hybrid eclipse was a serious boost to tourism attracting thousands of guests to enjoy the products and services in the national parks enroute to Packwach in Nebbi district where the President was the chief viewer.
Murchison Falls National Park stands to benefit from two new trails if the planned Bunyoro trail comes into force while the great- great sons of the 19th century Victorian explorer Sir Samuel Baker plan to plant markers along their ancestor's trail up to atop Murchison Falls, to be known as the Baker's Trail.
Our new specialized game viewing vehicles are up and running in Kidepo and Murchison Falls National Parks and can be hired for either night or game drive or both.
Have an eventful month of December as we together conserve for Generations.
Key states along the illegal ivory value chain have committed to urgent measures to halt
the illegal trade and secure elephant populations across Africa. The agreement was
reached at the African Elephant Summit convened by the government of Botswana and
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
The Summit is the first-ever meeting focusing on the dynamics of the entire ivory value
chain. The measures were agreed on by key African Elephant range states including
Gabon, Kenya, Uganda,
Niger and Zambia, ivory transit states Viet Nam, Philippines and
Malaysia and ivory destination states, including China and Thailand.
"Our window of opportunity to tackle the growing illegal ivory trade is closing and if we do
not stem the tide, future generations will condemn our unwillingness to act," says H.E.
Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana.
"Now is the time for Africa and Asia to join forces to protect this universally valued and
much needed species."
One of the 14 measures the delegates committed to involves classifying wildlife trafficking
as a "serious crime". This will unlock international law enforcement cooperation provided
under the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, including
mutual legal assistance, asset seizure and forfeiture, extradition and other tools to hold
criminals accountable for wildlife crime.
Other measures agreed include engaging communities living with elephants in their
conservation, strengthening national laws to secure maximum wildlife crime sentences,
mobilizing financial and technical resources to combat wildlife crime and reducing demand
for illegal ivory.
"We are very pleased with the result of the Summit, especially as it involves some of the
most important countries along the illegal ivory value chain," says IUCN Director General
Julia Marton-Lefèvre. "We hope that these outcomes will go beyond the Summit's focus on
African Elephants and boost broader efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade in other species
which have been threatened by it, such as rhinos and pangolins."
2011 saw the highest levels of poaching and illegal ivory trade in at least 16 years and
2012 shows no signs of abating. According to preliminary data, even higher levels of illicit
trade may be reached in 2013. Eighteen large scale seizures involving over 40 tonnes
have been recorded so far this year, which represents the greatest quantity of ivory seized
over the last 25 years. Poverty and corruption, as well as increasing demand from Asia are
the principle drivers of poaching and the illegal ivory trade.
The African Elephant (Loxodonta africana), the world's largest terrestrial mammal, is
currently listed as Vulnerable on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, with a
population estimate of around 500,000 animals.
The African Elephant Summit was organized with the financial support of the UK
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the German Government, the US
Agency for International Development, the African Development Bank and the World Bank.