Combating Poaching, Snare Traps & Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in Uganda

Combating Poaching, Snare Traps & Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in Uganda

Campaign by World Action Fund - Kampala, Uganda
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About this Campaign

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In Uganda bush meat hunting was identified as one of the threats to wildlife in national parks. Its impact on African savannas receives far less attention. Bush-meat, typically occurs on a continuum from hunting for direct consumption and/or community trade, to large scale commercial trade in urban centers. Most poachers here target antelope, buffalo, or warthogs for meat, but elephants, giraffes, and other animals also stumble into the traps. Impunity from top connected officials make it worst.

In Uganda, harvest of wildlife is illegal, but bush-meat hunting, is a lucrative trade and common, perpetrated by well connected government officials and business men. Poachers now move up to nine hours in the night to cross to the national game parks to lay the snare traps, before game rangers could spot them, that is hard at night. And herdsmen have direct access to the national parks with their cattle and lack of zeal by powerful local authorities, is endangering the beautiful ecosystem.

Use of Funds

The project will create nexus with local communities and government to bridge peaceful co-existence between the wildlife and communities, and government resolve encroaching the national parks with the communities, by erecting red spot features that are easily identifiable.

Provide alternative business skills for communities e.g fishing, farming. Increased national and local capacity to fight wildlife crime

Increase effectiveness of conservation, and local law enforcement policy.

Project aims to strengthen the coordinated capacity for law enforcement to improve the effectiveness and professionalism of handling all aspects of wildlife protection (patrolling, arrests, seizures, speedy and fair trials etc.); and, expedite identification and implementation of measures to reduce depredation.

The project will ensure monitoring is put in place in this regard and that law enforcement officials are aware of the boundaries of their role and increased transparency.

PROJECT LONG TERM IMPACT
Project aims to strengthen the coordinated capacity for law enforcement to improve the effectiveness and professionalism of handling all aspects of wildlife protection (patrolling, arrests, seizures, speedy and fair trials etc.); and, expedite identification and implementation of measures to reduce depredation.

The project will ensure monitoring is put in place in this regard and that law enforcement officials are aware of the boundaries of their role and increased transparency.