Uganda Wildlife Authority
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) was established in August 1996 by the Uganda Wildlife Statute, which merged the Uganda National Parks and the Game Department. It is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Minister responsible for wildlife. UWA is in charge of management of 10 National Parks, 12 Wildlife Reserves, 14 Wildlife Sanctuaries and provides guidance for 5 Community Wildlife Areas.
The objectives of the Uganda Wildlife Authority are:
- To conserve the wildlife and other resources of natural scenic and scientific value in those areas within its jurisdiction.
- To ensure that the integrity of such areas is properly maintained.
- To identify areas which should be designated and gazetted as protected areas so as to ensure adequate protection of Uganda’s major eco-system, nature habitat and biodiversity.
- Explore the possibilities of increasing benefits to local communities living within or adjacent to protected areas.
- To exploit wildlife potentials to generate revenue for individuals and government.