The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) a re-known International Aid Agency championed by the American people offered road equipment worth $1.6million to the Uganda Wildlife Authority a body that is responsible for the management of wildlife including those in protected areas that are explored on safaris in Uganda passing through her Uganda Biodiversity Programme that is effected by the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
The road equipment donated include the bull dozer, grader, an
excavator, two tippers, a vibro roller along with one low-bed
transporter which all together are valued at $1.6million approximately
5.9billion Uganda Shillings after taxes.
The finances used to
purchase the equipment are noted to be a portion of the $10million fund
intended to support the biodiversity conservation in Uganda by the
government of America extending for four years that will come to an end
in the month of August next year according to the USAID / Uganda senior
Biodiversity Programme Officer Sam Mwanda. This support towards Uganda’s
biodiversity conservation is seen as a considerable move to its
continuity and the continuity of Uganda safaris and tours as well.
The Uganda Biodiversity Programme under the USAID commenced in the year
2012 with the aim of addressing the Uganda’s biodiversity threats
through supporting Uganda Wildlife Authority and National Forestry
Authority in enhancing their capacity to developing and managing their
respective protected areas’ infrastructure for the biodiversity
monitoring and threats reduction.
The program which aims at
achieving sustainable biodiversity conservation along with local
economic growth in the National Parks of Lake Mburo, Kidepo Valley and
Murchison Falls as well as forest reserves of Kalinzu and Budongo is
considered a positive move by a range of stake holders including the Uganda safari undertakers as it gives an assurance for the thriving of biodiversity which is still the core of Uganda’s tourism product.
donated equipment is intended to enhance accessibility to and within
the National Parks which will also make the monitoring and deployment
easier. This comes at a time when Uganda Wildlife
Authority had for a decade not received any brand new equipment for
road construction which had subjected the body to incur high costs of
The UWA Chief Dr. Andrew Seguya notes in appreciation
of the equipment and acknowledges the central role that the equipment
will play in increasing accessibility for easy monitoring and patrolling
in the National Parks particularly Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley
where cases of poaching are still high. The equipment will also be used
to curb fire outbreaks, build trenches around National Parks to reduce
human wildlife conflict and construct dams which can act as water
sources for animals in the dry seasons.
It can be noted that the
National Parks in Uganda are positioned in the wild some of which are
remote and at times challenging to access. Therefore the receiving of
the road equipment comes at the moment when travel to and within these
parks have to be made easier to the conservationists and the leisure
travelers on safari in Uganda.