UWEC Managing Director James Musinguzi says that the ban on impromptu visits to the centre will enable better planning, enforcing social distancing within the centre, and limit the number of visitors at a given time. Visitors will also not be allowed to interact with wildlife, especially animals and will only be allowed on condition that they make cashless payments.
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.
James Musinguzi, the UWEC Executive Director, says that the receives close to 110,000 foreign visitors every year. He, however, decried the limited government financing which leaves UWEC to do resource mobilization by itself.
Tabled before parliament in July 2017, the Uganda Wildlife Bill is meant to provide for the compensation of loss occasioned by wild animals from wildlife protected areas. Alum says that under the current provisions, the Uganda Wildlife Authority is incapacitated to handle the marauding animals and deal with compensation for loss of property arising from destruction by wildlife.
The projection comes after the installation of Zakayo the second, as the heir to Ugandas oldest chimp Zakayo-the-first, who succumbed to old age and Chronic Gastroenteritis in April ending a 54-year-life journey that started in Semuliki National Park.
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.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Executive Director Andrew Seguya has said that oil activities are not interfering with wildlife in the Albertine graben. This is contrary to the information from other UWA officials who say that the activities going on in the Albertine have greatly affected wildlife in the area.
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.
Over 40 buffaloes have strayed from Akagera National Park in Rwanda and gone on rampage destroying peopleâ€™s crops and forcing many to flee the villages of Mwiri and Murundi in the district of Kayonza.