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Uganda Wildlife Authority Community Conservation Policy 2020

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The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) was established in August 1996 and is mandated to manage wildlife within and outside Protected Areas in Uganda. As part of this, UWA is mandated to develop and implement management and administrative policies for better implementation of national policies and laws relating to wildlife management in Uganda.

One area of growing concern is the desire to effectively engage local communities in wildlife conservation programmes and activities. This Community Conservation Policy thus seeks to facilitate strengthened and coordinated implementation of UWA programmes that address relevant community concerns and interests. The policy goal is to strengthen conservation of wildlife resources through active involvement of communities through mainstreaming community conservation paradigms in UWA programmes.

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Uganda Wildlife Authority (2020) Community Conservation Policy, 2020. UWA, Kampala.

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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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