UWA shares revenue with communities around Queen Elizabeth National Park
Uganda Wildlife Authority has also spent over 929,267,489 for the past years in order to be able to benefit the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Mitooma, Rubirizi, Rukungiri, Kanungu as well as Ibanda as part of the 20% gate collections that are given to the communities for conservation.
The executive director also noted the need for the communities to protect the wildlife. Just before the wildlife statute that later became the Wildlife Act cap 200 of 2000, the communities that are near the national parks were not benefiting from the park revenues.
There was a revenue sharing programme that was meant to reinforce the partnerships between the local communities, local government and management of the wildlife areas that leads to the sustainable management of wildlife resources within the protected areas.
There is over 3 billion shillings that has been given to the nearby communities in Revenue share alone for the last three years. There are also other collaborative programs were the communities will benefit directly from the park. These also include resources access like the fuelwood, grass, fish, water, beekeeping and many more.
The resources also off-take from the national park that is valued at over 400 million per annum. The revenue sharing programme has also supported many projects since it was started. The projects like the construction of classroom blocks in schools like the Kamukungu Primary school, Lake Katwe secondary, Kawicha vocational secondary school, Kamukumbi primary school as well as Katunguru primary school. There were also the construction of health units like the Mahyotro, Kitonzi, Kahendero, Nyakera, Kayanja and this work was done with the help of the revenue.
There is also the crocodile/water fetching cages within Katwe to help in keeping safe from these reptiles as the people access water was put in place as a result. The beekeeping for the livelihoods in the areas of Kyarusandara, Rweshama, Kayanja, Railway ward, Kazinga, Irimya is on-going.
And apart from the money, Queen Elizabeth national park has been supporting the communities in employment of their children, providing the market for the food crops as well as the handcrafts. The district leaders were argued to join hands with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in managing the negative practices like poaching, the late and wrong accountabilities so that the communities proceed to enjoy the benefits happening from the park.
The executive director also told UWA’s commitment to collect and pay these funds to help the people around the national parks. The district leaders are also argued to help in sensitizing the communities to love Queen Elizabeth National park and its animals. Poaching should also be stopped if we are to continue sharing the revenue. The park is gazetted to benefit the people and future generations and we have to protect it and the wildlife.
Queen Elizabeth National Park OverView
This one of Uganda’s second-largest and one of the most popular safari destinations in Uganda. It is located in western Uganda, 7 hours drive from Kampala capital, and 3 hours drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a home to the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda. The part attracts many tourists every year and the top things to do here include day and night game drives along Kasenyi track and Mweya peninsular, a fantastic boat cruise along the Kazinga channel that is famous for the highest concentration of hippos in Africa with huge Nile crocodiles and over 600 birds.
While on the boat cruise, you will see other animals such as Buffaloes and Elephants quenching their thirst along the shores. While in Queen Elizabeth N.P, you can also participate in chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura gorge, community tours, nature safari and Tree climbing lion spotting in the Ishasha sector.