Kampala — The British High Commission in Kampala, recently handed Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) 5000 pounds towards fighting illegal poaching in the Uganda's national parks
Allison Blackburne, the High Commissioner, said although Uganda has a high potential to earn more revenue from the tourism sector, the country may not see this potential if it does not intensify its efforts in combating illegal poaching.
"The illegal wildlife trade is so much more than just an environmental issue threatening biodiversity and ecosystem but it drives corruption and insecurity and undermines efforts to cut poverty and develop sustainably developing countries like Uganda should develop efforts to see that the problem is controlled this is the only way the country can benefit more from the tourism sector," she said.
The global ivory trade has more than doubled since 2007 with prices now at $2,000 per kilogramme.
UWA Executive Director Dr Andrew Sseguya thanked the British, saying the money will help them in buying gadgets needed in tracking poaching in the country's national .
However, he requested the government to speed up the amending of the tourism regulations to bring them up to date.
"Our Laws need to be reviewed especially the Wildlife Act, but we are very happy that the reviewed act is at Cabinet level. The amended law, once approved by the Parliament, will have stringent and deterrent punishment for persons convicted of wildlife crimes," he said