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Published on : Thursday, August 24, 2017
The smartphones was handed over by Deborah Malac, the US Ambassador along with 50 power banks to the UWA to enhance the ecological monitoring of protected areas.
A van was also provided to the UWA’s canine unit to ease the movement of sniffer dogs and handlers throughout the country. This was carried out through the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs working with the African Wildlife Foundation.
To support the ongoing effort of removing Uganda from the list of ‘gang of eight’ most notorious wildlife and wildlife product transit routes the van and phones supplement equipment USAID previously provided.
The ambassador mentioned that the U.S Government was committed to work with the Ugandan Government to combat wildlife trafficking and this was possible through collaborating and strengthening national agencies which will be inclusive of law enforcement and judiciary that will enable the wildlife crime cases to settle properly.
Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Minister, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu that by conserving Uganda’s natural wealth the vision of becoming a middle-income country will be achieved. The government applauds the potential talent of the youth in implementing this vision.
The donation coincides with the celebration of the winners of this year’s Conservation Fine Art Challenge in Entebbe organised by USAID/Uganda’s Biodiversity Program.
This is in partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation, the Wildlife Clubs of Uganda and the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities.
The Conservation Fine Art Challenge is conducted to create awareness in all secondary schools in the country. It is based in the world wildlife day theme ‘listen to the young voices’ that encourages the youth to support the ongoing major threats to wildlife.