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Uganda's Community Conservation Policy 2020: A new policy to strengthen the conservation of wildlife resources through the active involvement of communities

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The Uganda Wildlife Authority’s Community Conservation Policy
2020 advances Uganda’s approach to community engagement
and outreach. The policy highlights the strategic role of UWA’s
Community Conservation Sub-Directorate, alongside law
enforcement, to respond to new and growing challenges to
biodiversity conservation. One of these challenges is wildlife
crime, and the policy sets out six strategies for collaborating
with communities to tackle this issue, including through the
formulation and implementation of Community-Based Wildlife
Crime Prevention Action Plans. The policy also emphasises the
critical importance communities can play in providing credible
intelligence information about wildlife crime.

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In Uganda many people poach because of human-wildlife conflict or lack of income earning opportunities. The Uganda Wildlife Authority has a community programme to address such problems, but it is hampered by limited capacity and support. At Murchison Falls National Park IIED and partners are piloting an approach that aims to increase community engagement in tackling wildlife crime by implementing park-level action plans.

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Park action plans: increasing community engagement in tackling wildlife crime

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