Environment

This publication provides a summary of a conservation conference that took place in Uganda in February 2023. The conference was focused on advances in environment and wildlife conservation and highlighted contributions from STEM and non-STEM actors. The conference had three sub-themes: 1) Data Deficiencies limiting Interventions and Partnerships for Wildlife and Environment Conservation in Uganda, to guide research interventions 2) Building Knowledge and 3) Synergies for Wildlife and Environment Management. It was held at Makerere University Central Teaching Facility (CTF) 2 Auditorium on February 9th, 2023, from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, as part of Uganda’s National events to mark the United Nations (UN) World Wildlife Day (WWD) celebrated annually on the 3rd day of March. The conference proceedings were accessible to both physical and virtual participants, totaling 283 individuals, of which 13 were technical presenters, and the rest were an audience made up of participants from academia, private sector, civil society, government agencies, ministries, and the general public.

The conference proceedings and technical presentations revealed critical data gaps limiting the management of wildlife and environment in Uganda, the lacking but required stakeholder synergies that would improve wildlife and environment management in the country, areas of research in wildlife and environment that are important but currently given little or no attention in Uganda, and the need for full cost allocation in environment and social impacts of projects assessment. Also revealed by the conference submissions were a number of hypotheses on the relevance of targeted beneficiaries’ involvement in the identification of interventions for the success of wildlife and environment conservation projects and programmes.

The knowledge shared in this publication will be valuable for policy makers, practitioners, researchers, the academic, civil society, and private sector whose business, work, and/or interests are in Uganda’s wildlife and environment.

Author(s) Details:

Nyadoi P.,
Uganda Wildlife Society (UWS), Plot 39 Babiiha Avenue, Kololo, P.O. Box 7422, Kampala, Uganda and Organisation for Women in Sciences Uganda National Chapter, C/O College of Natural Sciences Makerere University P.O. Box 7062, Uganda.

Mbabazi, F. K.,
Organisation for Women in Sciences Uganda National Chapter, C/O College of Natural Sciences Makerere University P.O. Box 7062, Uganda and Busitema University, P.O. Box 236, Tororo, Uganda.

Biira, S.,
Organisation for Women in Sciences Uganda National Chapter, C/O College of Natural Sciences Makerere University P.O. Box 7062, Uganda and Busitema University, P.O. Box 236, Tororo, Uganda.

Turyamwesimira J.,
Uganda Wildlife Research and Training Institute (UWRTI), P.O. Box, Kaseses, Uganda.

Baluku, R.,
Uganda Wildlife Research and Training Institute (UWRTI), P.O. Box, Kaseses, Uganda.

Nuwagaba, P.,
Uganda Wildlife Research and Training Institute (UWRTI), P.O. Box, Kaseses, Uganda.

Mugabi, M.,
Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA), P.O. Box, Kampala, Uganda.

Kijjambu, C.,
Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA), P.O. Box, Kampala, Uganda.

Barirega A.,
National Environment Management Authority, Uganda.

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