The role of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in Tourism Sector
Uganda is a paradise of wild animals, birds, drainage and beautiful topography. The Uganda Wildlife Authority is one of the governing bodies that regulate wildlife conservation in Uganda. This agency was established in 1996 after the merger of the Uganda National Parks and the Game Department, and the enactment of the Uganda Wildlife Statute, which became an Act in 2000.
Uganda Wildlife Authority is mandated to supervise and control all wildlife activities with in the protected areas like National Park and Reserves – plus those in unprotected areas. In other words, all wildlife in Uganda whether in your home belongs and managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and they can take it any time.
Uganda Wildlife Authority is entitled to fight against poaching – illegal killing or hunting of wildlife and whoever caught is taken to court – serious penalty is given to whoever caught in an offense. Strict control of wildlife poaching is aimed at preserving the countries wealth.
Uganda Wildlife Authority’s role in managing the country’s tourism industry and attracting investors to the sector has been a significant one.
It also manages five community wildlife management areas and 13 wildlife sanctuaries. The challenges facing the management and conservation of wildlife and biodiversity in Uganda are myriad, and they include poaching, competition in the regional tourism market, human wildlife conflict and wildlife crimes.
Uganda Wildlife Authority offers employment to the jobless Ugandans – this aimed at upgrading the standards of Ugandans. One of the strategies to stop poaching is by employing the people around the wildlife reserves – this is aimed at engaging them to fight against poaching.
Uganda Wildlife Authority manages Uganda’s ten national Parks and twelve game reserves. Uganda’s national Park includes Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo National park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Semliki National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Mountain Rwenzori, Mgahinga National Park and Mountain Elgon National Park.
To ensure that the integrity of the reserved areas is properly maintained – constant patrolling is done to secure wildlife.
To identify areas which should be designated and gazetted as protected areas so as to ensure adequate protection of Uganda’s major eco-system, nature habitat and biodiversity.
Explore the possibilities of increasing benefits to local communities living within or adjacent to protected areas.
To exploit wildlife potentials to generate revenue for individuals and government.
Ensuring timely and appropriate response to reported problem animals, in collaboration with the concerned communities and respective local authorities.
Enhancing economic benefits from wildlife management through promotion of tourism.
Implementing relevant international treaties, conventions, agreements or other arrangements to which Uganda is a party.
The are many Uganda and Rwanda safari companies affiliated to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA and among these we have safari companies Like Abacus vacations, Volcanoes safaris, African Jungle Adventures, Thousand Hills, Primate safaris, Africa adventure Safaris, gorilla Trek Africa and many more. You will ask your self why and how Rwanda safari companies can be affiliated to Uganda Wildlife Authority?! The reason is simple, it is because these 2 countries are near to each other, and they are the only 2 safe homes of mountain gorillas in the world. Therefore, Uganda safari companies freely operate in Rwanda, likewise, Rwanda safari companies freely operate in Uganda. And many tourists love a combination of gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda.