Last Updated on: 9th September 2023, 02:04 pm
Kampala I Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) say it has got a new board of trustees.
The new board is made up of 10 high-profile personalities – four of whom are females.
Col Tom Butime, minister of tourism, wildlife and antiquities made the appointment pursuant to Section 8(2) of the Uganda Wildlife Act 2019 on September 1.
“The appointment of the 10-member board comes following the end of the 9th Board and approval of nominees to the new board by the cabinet,” a statement issued by UWA on September 8, reads.
Each member brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and a strong commitment to the conservation and protection of Uganda;’s exceptional wildlife and natural heritage, adds the statement.
With their diverse backgrounds, UWA says the board will oversee the management team to ensure the sustainable management of our wildlife resources and promote responsible tourism practices inside protected areas in line with the Uganda Wildlife Act 2019.
With 10 national parks and 12 wildlife reserves across the country under its jurisdiction, UWA’s role in managing the country’s tourism industry and attracting investors to the sector has been a significant one. It also manages five community wildlife management areas and 13 wildlife sanctuaries.
The challenges facing the management and conservation of wildlife and biodiversity in Uganda are myriad, and they include poaching, competition in the regional tourism market, human-wildlife conflict and wildlife crimes – all of which Uganda’s wildlife conservation agency is mandated to handle.
Dr Stella Acaye Atim, member, Ms Marion Pamela Tukahuriwa, member, Prof James Kalema, chairman; Dr Daniel Aleper, member.
Others are Ms Annet Kobusinge Ireeda, member, Prof Simon Wanyama, member, Ms Jane Bagonza, member; Mr Raymond Engena, member; Mr George Owoyesigire, member and Mr Samuel John Mwandha, ED and board secretary.