the Community protecting wildlife
Wildlife conservation doesn’t stop with patrolling! Like all forms of conservation work, protecting wildlife and natural places ultimately comes down to people. It’s about building a future where people live in harmony and balance with nature..
Traditional conservation approaches largely excluded the communities from protected area management. In contrast, community conservation, which has been employed since the 1990s, aims to harmonize the relationship between park managers & neighboring communities, allowing these communities access to protected area resources.
20% of the park revenue is shared with the people
“UWA recognizes the local community as a key stakeholder in ensuring the protection of wildlife“
An important aspect of the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s mandate is visiting our local communities and engaging people with the array of biodiversity nearby. The significance of conservation work is emphasised as well as how different activities in the protected areas can impact the host communities, both in the short and long term. Our communities are acutely aware of the goings-on within their own villages and can be a good source of information about poachers and illegal hunting.
Our community conservation unit deliberately engages in community development efforts and UWA creates various opportunities for its host communities to benefit from tourism development both directly and indirectly. Tourists are encouraged to visit communities to experience the uniqueness of their culture as well as to contribute to business and causes at that level.
The amount of money varies depending on the number of tourists who visit the Park and track the gorillas. The money from revenue sharing is sent by UWA to the districts that keep 5% to cover administration costs and pass the remaining 95% on to the sub-counties for the agreed projects.
Only villages that share a boundary with the Park are included in the program. This is because they bear more of the costs of conservation, such as crop damage than other villages that are further away from the Park.