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AWF-Trained Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers Graduate

  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Nairobi, Kenya
Photo of AWF-trained Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers at official graduation ceremony

On September 28, 2018, Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni passed out 487 ranger recruits at Paraa Training Wing in Murchison Falls National Park. The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has been working with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) on training and equipping the wildlife protection agency’s ranger force to enhance data collection and ecological monitoring using the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) and CyberTracker technology which was instituted within UWA.

The recruitment and training of the rangers is in part attributed to AWF’s technological and training support to improve monitoring and patrolling capacity in the country’s protected areas — a component of the five-year U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Uganda Biodiversity Program that ended in November 2017.

The program focused on three protected areas namely, Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls, and Kidepo Valley National Parks as well as UWA headquarters monitoring and research unit.

A direct result of the tracking and monitoring software has seen rangers better map poaching and trafficking hotspots across the national parks. Improved data collection in the protected areas has also enabled the wildlife management authority to develop enhanced conservation strategies.

 

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