Uganda Wildlife Authority on June 11, 2019 received 8 computers (4 laptops and 4 desktops) from the Chinese Embassy in Uganda to boost the organizations conservation efforts.
The computers were handed over by the Deputy Ambassador of China to Uganda Mr Chen Huixin to the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu at the Ministry Headquarters.
Mr. Chen said the China appreciates the important role the UWA plays in conserving Uganda’s wildlife resources. He observed that protecting the environment and promoting ecosystem development is a shared responsibility where everyone should play a role. “As people of China, we know the progress you have made in the recovery of wildlife numbers, therefore this donation is our gesture of support towards UWA’s efforts in wildlife conservation in Uganda”.
He revealed that the relationship between China and Uganda is at its best saying that China has supported many government projects in Uganda and the Chinese people have invested in various areas such as manufacturing and construction in order to develop Uganda’s economy.
Mr Chen promised to work even harder to further strengthen the ties between Uganda and China through offering training to Ugandans in wildlife protection and enhancing harmonious living between the people and wildlife.
The Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities Professor Ephraim Kamuntu expressed gratitude to China for donating the computers to UWA saying that they will immensely help UWA in its conservation efforts especially in this digital era.
He said that Uganda’s transformation agenda is fuelled by Chinese support revealing that Uganda’s fight for independence was inspired by the Chinese experience. “We look to China for lessons to develop our own country; we need to learn from the Chinese so that we can get out of poverty like China did”
He urged UWA to work closely with China describing the People’s Republic of China as a valuable friend of Uganda. He also urged UWA embrace the use of modern technology such as drones and helicopters which can help improve the monitoring of protected areas.
Prof. Kamuntu further expressed the need to protect Uganda’s natural resources against illicit trade, encroachment and pressure to de-gazette protected areas. “Uganda is exceptionally endowed with natural assets and they should be conserved. We must protect these resources by training our staff, sensitization of stakeholders and involving neighbouring communities in the management of the parks”.
The UWA Executive Director Sam Mwandha expressed appreciation to the Chinese Embassy in Uganda for the donation saying that the donation comes in handy to facilitate UWA’s digitization process since the organization already has a deficit of computers. He said that China last year offered training to UWA staff in CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) management and that more will be going for training. He also revealed that a Chinese company is interested in investing in Murchison Falls National Park and start marketing Uganda in China.
The Wildlife Mirror issue 3 January-March 2019 , a UWA quarterly newsletter publication for is out. Please follow the link January-March 2019 newsletter for your copy.
The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu has today (April 26, 2019) handed over two pieces of land measuring 7.5 acres worth UGX 180 Million to a group of 35 people of the Batwa community neighbouring Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. One piece of land is situated in Musana while the other is situated in Nyagacence both in Kisoro District.
Prof. Kamuntu said that the purchase of the land for the Batwa is the beginning of interventions that will address the challenges of Batwa that have been exerting pressure on the park and its resources. “I want to pay tribute to all those partners including Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust who have over the years invested heavily in improving the welfare of the Batwa including the acquisition of this land.
Last week, an American tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott and her driver/ tour guide Jean Paul Mirenge were kidnapped by unknown persons in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This incident has generated debate in the public regarding the safety of our wildlife protected areas.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) donated relief items worth UGX 10 Million to the people who were affected by flash floods and landslides in Bududa District on January 11, 2019.
Rangers from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) captured two problem crocodiles On 23rd October from the shores of Lake Kyoga in Namusita County Buyenda District.
487 newly trained rangers were added to UWA’s ranger force to boost its capacity to effectively protect Uganda’s wildlife resources in protected areas.
The Executive Director Uganda Wildlife Authority Sam Mwandha has taken over the leadership of the National One Health Platform at a function that was held the Ministry of Water and Environment Headquarters yesterday. The One Health Platform brings together the Ministries of Water and Environment, Health, Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and Uganda Wildlife Authority, to ensuring inter-sector/agency collaboration to manage disease outbreaks, epidemics and other public health emergencies.
Barely a week after the death of a pride of eleven lions in Hamukungu fishing viallge, another pride of 2 adult lionesses and 7 cubs has been in the place. This dispels wrong information that there are no more lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park following the death a pride of 11 last week. Uganda still has lions including tree climbing ones at Ishasha in the same park. The king of the jungle still roars in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Uganda Wildlife Authority successfully concluded giraffe translocation in Murchison Falls National Park. During this translocation, 19 giraffes (13 females, 6 males) were released. Two female giraffes were also moved to (Uganda Wildlife Education Center) UWEC, Entebbe for conservation education purposes.
Uganda has successfully hosted its first ever Giant Club Conservation and Tourism Investment Forum. The forum hosted by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, attracted major global investors focused on responsible tourism and investment. The meeting held at Lake Victoria Serena in Kigo was attended by various private investors, development partners, conservationists and tourism operators as well as government officials.
Uganda Wildlife Authority has disbursed funds worth UGX 929,269,487 for the year 2015/2016 to benefit districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi, Mitooma, Rukungiri, Kanungu and Ibanda as part of the 20% gate collections given back to the communities for conservation.
By EDGAR R. BATTE, Monitor Publication
A new nationwide survey shows that Ugandans value wildlife, which is good conservation news considering that it is one of the country’s tourism resources. In the ‘Attitudes to wildlife’ survey, 79 per cent of respondents said it would matter a great deal if Uganda’s wildlife disappeared. They, however, expressed concern that tourism is undervalued and therefore, called for the protection of animals. The survey was conducted by Uganda Conservation Foundation and international conservation group WildAid, in partnership with Uganda Wildlife Authority.