Kidepo critical Landscape

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United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have given financial support of USD$3.08m to the government of Uganda to fund the conservation of Kidepo Valley National Park. The conservation projects in the park will be implemented by National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in collaboration with the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

 

The project outcomes will include:

- Increased coverage of protected areas and strengthened integrity of buffer zones to conserve dry season refugia for wildlife.

- Reduced poaching pressures over an area of about 428 ha comprising seven protected areas and community wildlife areas.

- Management effectiveness score for protected areas in Nyangea-Napore, Morungole, Zulia, Timu, Lwala and Rom.

- Key indicator species (elephants, zebra, buffalo) in Kidepo Critical Landscape to enable an increase the population of these species.

The second component will involve:

- Integrating protected area management in the wider landscape using shear-nut butter tree as case study.

- Managing the 95,000 ha Karenga Community Wildlife to strengthen and safeguard the wildlife corridor and dispersal area.

- Introduce a security enforcement system with a platform for information sharing and intelligence gathering among parks and other institutions

- Introduce a financing plan for the protected areas to provide accurate revenue forecasts from gate fees, community based tourism investments, film rights concessions and private sector investments.

- Staff training programmes covering all aspects of the protected areas. All 120 rangers and other field staff should meet the necessary competencies for planning, administration, conflict resolution, policing and enforcement.