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The UK top travel and adventure publisher, Rough Guides, has moved Uganda to the Number 4 in their top countries to visit list this year 2017. This is the first time Uganda has made it on the Rough Guides list, and is one of two African countries for 2017. Uganda comes after India, Scotland and Canada.

"The country's commitment to heavy investment in its tourism infrastructure looks set to change this, though, and in 2017 expect Uganda to vie with Kenya and Tanzania for international visitors, drawing more and more travellers with its astonishing wildlife," the Rough Guide says https://www.roughguides.com/best-places/2017/top-10-countries/

The only other African country to make the top 10 list is Namibia at number 9.

This is a huge accolade for Uganda and the additional media coverage on the release of this hot list of where to visit this year is already being talked about and will provide Uganda with additional attention both in the press and on social media. Uganda Tourism Board hosted Rough Guide journalist Keith Drew from 8-15 September 2016. During the fam trip, he visited a number of Uganda's tourists attractions, from which several stories were generated. The fam trip was organized under Kamageo, the PR and Marketing firm representing Uganda in the UK and Ireland.

Since the PR firms began representing Uganda, the country has gained international media coverage worth over UK pounds 1.2m in the UK market and over Eur2million

Firm

Markets

Media Value

KPRN

Austria, Germany and Switzerland

2,097,897€

KAMAGEO

United Kingdom and Ireland

1,204,891 pounds

By Gessa Simplicious

After the successful Johannesburg CITES COP17 conference on international wildlife trade policy that underscored the ecological importance of pangolins, parrots and other species by banning trade in these species through Appendix I listing, conservation in Uganda has yet another chance to take giant benefit strides. Between, December 4-17, 2016, the conservation fraternity across the world will descend on the Mexican city Cancun for high-level policy meetings and negotiations for biodiversity protection. This meeting, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP13 has outstanding implications for future finance and policy directions in relation to biodiversity conservation including wildlife.

This important convention is a platform to lobby and negotiate for funding from developed countries to support habitats on the priority list. Previously such negotiations have resulted in the signing of key protocols like the Nagoya Protocol which allows for equitable benefit sharing of biodiversity resources and the Cartagena Protocol that protects our biodiversity and agriculture from being exposed to GMOs that could impact our precious resources. These protocols have been successful in guiding resource access to communities with an emphasis on economic benefits for citizens around protected areas.

See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1441481/stakes-conservationists-meet-mexico

By Titus Kakembo

 Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has apprehended a number of people suspected to be the masterminds of illegal trade in wildlife.

The culprits, under the leadership of a Malian national with expired travel documents, were intercepted with six tons of pangolin scales.

Due for deportation to Tanzania where the shipment was detained, the multi-nation operation was led by UWA together with partners like the Lusaka Agreement Task Force with support from Interpol and Freeland.

"All eight species of pangolin are listed as threatened with extinction on the IUCN Red List," stressed UWA publicist Gessa Simplicious.

"Neither can their long and powerful claws that enable them rip open ant nests protect them against poachers nor can the long sticky tongue used for picking up insects deter aggressive intruders."
Pangolins are unique in that they are the world's only scaly mammals.

Their scales are made of keratin, which is the same protein found in rhino horn and human fingernails. The strong scales overlap themselves like leaves. In the wild, when attacked, they roll up in a ball to protect themselves but lately, this defense mechanism does not help them defend against poachers

See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1443663/suspected-pangolin-dealers-arrested