In a Press statement, USAID said the multi-year activities will reduce wildlife trafficking, help communities manage their natural resources and promote real world alternatives to poaching and encroachment into natural areas.
UWA Executive Director, Dr. Andrew Seguya told the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire Commission of Inquiry into Land matters that Uganda is in the midst of sophisticated poachers targeting elephants and other wildlife.
The antelope, crocodiles, hippos and bushbucks are mostly targeted by poachers in the sub counties of Karungi, Kalongo, Nabiswera and Nakitoma, according to Nakasongola district Environment Officer James Bond Kunobere.
The conservation groups drawn from Europe, Asia, America and Africa say it is extremely difficult for law enforcement agencies to distinguish wild pangolins from farmed pangolins. They warn of the potential for disease to spread from reintroduction programmes.
Court records, a copy of which URN has indicates that most of the culprits are Chinese and other Asian countries. The records show that out of 42 cases of arrests made, 31 people apprehended are Chinese, three Ugandans, three Guineans while, France, Netherlands, Vietnam and Taiwan all have one representative each.
Raymond Engena, the Director of Tourism at Uganda Wildlife Authority has taken over the leadership at Uganda Wildlife Authority as the acting Executive Director. This follows a directive by the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Dr. Maria Mutagamba asking the Uganda Wildlife Authority Executive Director, Dr. Andrew Ggunga Seguya, to take leave.
Several countries have toughened laws against poaching which they think can reduce the vice. In the new proposed Uganda Wildlife Act Amendments, the authority has proposed 20 years jail term, or a fine equivalent to value of the confiscated wildlife product.
We have received with shock; the ruling of Justice Wilson Masalu Musene that Uganda Revenue Authourity should hand over confiscated ivory to their owners (criminal suspects who are on the run and have arrest warrants for them). The sector is in great shock over the ruling.
At least 400 hectares of Namugongo peninsula was cleared by unknown people for settlement. It comes a day after Mayuge district natural resources department ordered the eviction of encroachers from the peninsula.
Police in Masindi are considering aerial search to trace for seven poachers who went missing in Murchison Falls National Park. Seven poachers from Pakanyi Sub County went missing on June 29 after they went hunting in the national park.
Nwoya district has severed the agreement they reached with Uganda Wildlife Authority over Murchison Falls National Park. The decision stems from an alleged disappearance of two residents of Koch-goma Sub-county who went missing from the park two months ago.