UWS E-News-letter Issue No.2, December 2016 of UWS Today – Chairperson’s Message

Dear Reader On behalf of UWS Executive Committee,

I welcome you to this Issue No.2, 2016 of UWS Today, the Society’s E-newsletter that is now bi-annual. In this issue No.2 2016, we give update you on progress and achievements of the Society’s values, especially our research, advocacy and policy interventions aimed at promoting conservation of Uganda’s environment, natural resources and wildlife for the benefit of humanity. As Executive Committee we are working hard to deliver on your recommendations for Society growth and sustainability. In this Issue we give you a summary on our achievements in the second half of 2016.

We received funding from the Canadian Government through the Nairobi based Canada High Commission under the Canada Funds for Local Initiatives (CFLI). With it the Society strengthened capacity for environmental management and livelihoods improvement in Tororo Municipality, Tororo District through, training. One hundred and twenty four people composed of youth and women were trained in income generating environmental management techniques. Read more about in this Issue. We thank Canadian High Commission for the partnership.

Our membership now stands at 716 and as Executive Committee we thank you members for your sustained support of the Society Conservation Efforts through your membership subscription. Members, your membership is our unique strengthen as a conservation organization. I urge you to maintain your membership, pay your annual subscriptions to keep the Society institutional core programme and secretariat running.

We would like to inform you members, partners, stakeholders and the general public, our Secretariat has moved to Plot 39, Babiiha Avenue, Kololo. We made the decision in effort to keep our operational costs minimal as we plan to secure a permanent home for the Society. This is also inline with members’ recommendations during our 2016 Annual General Meeting which took place on 26th August.

We are midterm our strategic plan and there is need for fundraising to support implementation of the programmes. Members let the secretariat know of any funding opportunities available within your networks, we welcome partners and all other support possible, please let us know your interest. You can contact me and the secretariat on this anytime. Finally we welcome feedback on information shared in this Issue. I wish you good reading.

Professor Joseph Obua

CHAIRPERSON, UWS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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A Bi-Annual E-Newsletter of the Uganda Wildlife Society – Message from Chairperson

Dear Reader On behalf of UWS Executive Committee,

I welcome you to this Issue No.1, 2016 of UWS Today, the Society’s E-newsletter that is now biannual. In this issue No.1 2016, we give update you on progress and achievements of the Society’s values, especially our research, advocacy and policy interventions aimed at promoting conservation of Uganda’s environment, natural resources and wildlife for the benefit of humanity. As Executive Committee we are working hard to deliver on your recommendations for Society growth and sustainability. In this Issue we give you a summary on our achievements in the first half of 2016 and will deliberate more on these to you.

The Society is delighted West Bugwe Forest Adjacent Community were admitted and have successfully launched their collaborative forest management initiative. We furthermore applaud the current good working relationship between the community and the National Forestry Authority, we are grateful for the Ecosystem Alliance Support that made this development possible.

Our membership now stands at 715 and as Executive Committee we thank you members for your sustained support of the Society Conservation Efforts through your membership subscription. Members, your membership is our unique strengthen as a conservation organization. I urge you to maintain your membership, pay your annual subscriptions to keep the Society institutional core programme and secretariat running. We do not have Members on lifetime and honorary membership category yet. We need members to join in these membership categories.

We are midterm our strategic plan and there is need for us fundraising to support implementation of the programmes. Members let the secretariat know of any funding opportunities available within your networks, we welcome partners and all other support possible, please let us know your interest. You can contact me and the secretariat on this anytime.

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming up soon, 2015 reports are ready, expect these and information about our AGM from the secretariat in the next few days. I look forward to meeting with you all then.

Finally we welcome feedback on information shared in this Issue. I wish you good reading.

Professor Joseph Obua

CHAIRPERSON, UWS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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Wildlife Law Enforcement Briefing – The Eagle Network

27 significant traffickers were arrested in 6 countries this month.

On 21st August the former wildlife head and the CITES authority of Guinea – Ansoumane Doumbouya – was arrested by the Interpol NCB, with the assistance of GALF – EAGLE, following an investigation against a wildlife ring involved in large scale wildlife trafficking and corruption. Only three days after the arrest, his brief case was finally opened in front of the prosecutor. The former director held his head as several of empty government export permits were pulled out of his bag. It seems the top public official was a mobile one-stop-shop for all the traffickers’ needs. From manatees to parrots and monkeys, illegal trade was carried out of the briefcase. Different reports, including one from the UN CITES secretariat, implicated Ansoumane Doumbouya in illegal exports, but he was still holding a position within the Ministry of Environment as Commander of the national wildlife and forestry mobile enforcement brigade.

Thierno Barry, a big international trafficker involved in the illegal trade in CITES species such as chimpanzees, manatees and other primates, was arres- The former head of the CITES authority of Guinea – Ansoumane Doumbouya – was arrested. The EAGLE NETWORK – LAGA, PALF, RALF, AALF, GALF, TALF, SALF, AALF-B, EAGLE Uganda Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, C.A.R, Togo, Senegal, Benin, Uganda August 2015 | 2 Cameroon – LAGA „ 2 significant wildlife traffickers arrested in the East Region with 2 chimp skulls, 2 gorilla skulls, elephant and red river hog teeth. The two are experienced wildlife traffickers who have been supplying contraband, especially ivory and giant pangolin scales to many other traffickers including Chinese. They demonstrated a range of skills reserved for seasoned traffickers with good organizational and planning skills and tricks. Early in the morning of their arrest, they visited the area reserved for their transaction, made an expert examination of the surroundings, checking escape routes and then left. They later came without the contraband and then did a last round of inspection and left. On coming back for their final move, this time with the contraband, they used an entirely different road and strategically placed an undercover to backup their moves. „ A wildlife trafficker arrested with giant pangolin scales during a successful operation carried out in the country’s capital. Having the scales carefully packaged in a bag, he travelled from the East of the country to Yaounde where he tried to sell them in a popular neighbourhood. This is not his first attempt at selling the scales, as his network of buyers was wide and he travelled frequently over 300 km to Yaounde to supply pangolins scales. In the eastern part of the country the sale of pangolin scales has developed rapidly over the years and it is a thriving illegal business in logging towns „ Three LAGA members on missions in other countries under the EAGLE Exchange program. LAGA’s head of investigations department travelled to Guinea for wildlife law enforcement operational support while an investigator travelled to support Togo and the assistant head of the media and external relations department travelled to Gabon for experience and skill sharing between the two countries. „ A sea turtle shell trafficker handed a significant 2-year jail term by a court in Buea, the South West. Arrested in April 2015 with 9 sea turtle shells, he was ordered to pay damages worth over 10,000 USD to the government. ted during a preceding operation while attempting to sell Spot-nosed Monkeys and he equally had a fake CITES permit. He exposed a larger international live animals trafficking network spread over 3 continents.9 traffickers were arrested in Togo, among them 4 significant international ivory traffickers with 8 elephant tusks in the first joint operation by the Gendarmerie Search and Investigation Brigade (SRI) and TALFF. They were regularly trafficking ivory from Burkina Faso. 7 traffickers were arrested during several operations in Uganda, with leopard skins, cheetah skin, python skins and other contraband. 3 long term leopard skin traffickers were arrested in Gabon, and 3 traffickers with chimpanzee and gorilla skulls elephant parts and pangolin scales in Cameroon. They are experienced wildlife traffickers who have been supplying contraband, especially ivory and giant pangolin scales including to Chinese.

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