THE CHALLENGES WE ARE ADDRESSING
The major impediments to combating wildlife crime that this project seeks to tackle are (a) the lack of capacity and (b) the limited inter-agency coordination between UWA, the government institution mandated to protect wildlife in Uganda, and other law enforcement agencies.
Despite the efforts to remedy wildlife crime, the government of Uganda continues to grapple with several other challenges which this project congruently addresses. Among others, these include:
Uganda as a major trafficking routes for ivory and other wildlife products mostly originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo, West Africa and Southern.
- Bribery and corruption that continue to renders law enforcement efforts ineffective as well-connected networks of wildlife criminals take advantage of these loopholes to bribe their way out of prosecution.
- High levels of poaching largely driven by poverty and unemployment among communities residing near the national parks.
- Human wildlife conflict which is exacerbated by the increased human settlements on park-adjacent land due to the rapidly rising human population. HWC is also a driver of wildlife crime
- The rising demand for wildlife products both locally and internationally where illegal wildlife markets offer hefty prices for these products
- The proliferation of weapons across borders that are used for poaching and other IWT related crimes.