The conservation and Tourism sector continued to grow by leaps and bounds during the month of April. Following a successful training and pass out of UWA 430 rangers, the UWA ranger force for law enforcement has been boosted with the deployment of the new staff. These will contribute substantially to the curbing of illegal activities, enhancing visitor security and the safety of tourism infrastructure.
UWA received a boost following finalization of negotiations with World Bank for a share of USD 8m out of USD25m Competitiveness and Enterprise Development. The funds have been earmarked for purchase of tourism equipment, roll out of the smart card system, procurement of professional tour vehicles as well as promoting branding and signage.
UWA also benefitted from a kind donation of field equipment from African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) through support from USAID funded Tourism for Biodiversity (T4B).They included camera, GPSs, range finders and computers.
In conservation, one of our very own directors won a global conservation award for his relentless conservation efforts (details in the next issue).The Discounted Gorilla permits sales got spectacular response from both local and international clients.
Plans for the celebrations of Kidepo at 50 are in advanced stages while animal counts indicate steady recovery of wildlife.
Wishing you a nice reading as we together continue to passionately
conserve for Generations
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