Kampala, April 13 – A new report released this week by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC analyses the threats facing Uganda and offers solutions to help curb wildlife trafficking and illegal trade in the East African country.
The report identifies Uganda as one of the common transit points for the trafficking of wildlife and wildlife products in the Central and East Africa region. Criminal organizations in the country are mainly associated with the smuggling of ivory, but in recent years have also been heavily linked to pangolin trafficking.
However, although Uganda is a major wildlife trafficking hub, the majority of the country’s wildlife does not face major threats from organised poaching inside the national borders. For example, elephant poaching is less of a concern in Uganda as compared to ivory trafficking.
The report recommends strengthening law enforcement and the management of ivory stockpiles, expanding wildlife seizure and trade information, increasing regional collaboration, and working with communities to raise awareness and incentives around wildlife conservation issues.
Uganda is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including more than half of the world’s Mountain Gorillas, 50% of Africa’s bird species, almost 40% of Africa’s mammal species, and 19% of Africa’s amphibian species, according to TRAFFIC.