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UWA to open boundaries to reduce human wildlife conflict

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is set to commence opening of Queen Elizabeth National Park boundaries with Kahendero fishing community in Kahendero village, Muhokya sub-county in Kasese district.

This follows conflicts between Uganda Wildlife Authority and Kahendero community over boundaries separating the national reserves and human settlement accusing each other of encroaching on each other's land.

This was revealed after a closed meeting between UWA officials, Kahendero local leadership, some district leaders and Kabarole Research Center heads.

As the human population increases and the demand for resources grows, the frequency and intensity of conflicts increases. Increasing encroachment to wildlife habitats can manifest this

The chief warden Queen Elizabeth conservation area Pontius Ezuma agrees to having conflicts with the community of Kahendero but believes opening of new boundaries will solve the problem.

Uganda Wildlife Authority accuses the community members of encroaching on part of the national gazetted area.

Last week, the Kahendero fishing community accused UWA of demolishing three unfinished permanent houses in the area without remorse.

These now say if the demarcations indicate that they never encroached on the parkland, demand that their houses be built.

The reopening of the park boundaries is aimed at bringing to an end the longstanding conflicts between UWA and neighboring communities.

The head of governance and policy advocacy at Kabarole Research Center (KRC) David Mugarura believes the re-opening of boundaries will rejuvenate the collaboration that was long lost between UWA and Kahendero community.

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