Community conservation wardens training report 2021 - 23rd August to 8th September 2021
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is a government agency that is mandated to manage wildlife resources and protected areas. The mission of UWA is “to conserve, economically develop and sustainably manage the wildlife and protected areas of Uganda in partnership with neighboring communities and other stakeholders for the benefit of the people of Uganda and the global community”.
Against this background, UWA, with financial and technical support from International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) identified the training needs, developed and implemented a training program for Community Conservation (CC) Wardens. A three phased training program was developed in 2018.
For the third session, UWA conducted three regional training sessions as follows; in Gulu for Northern Region (staff in Murchison and Kidepo Valley Conservation Areas) on 23rd & 24th August, Mbale for Eastern Region (staff in Mt. Elgon National Park, Pian-Upe Wildlife Reserve and Matheniko-Bokora Wildlife Reserve) on 26th & 27th August, and in Mbarara for Western Region (staff from Bwindi-Mgahinga, Kibale, Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth Conservation Areas) on 7th & 8th September.
The topics covered included theory of change and grant proposal writing, planning and budgeting, qualities of a good leader and manager, Social Assessment of Protected Areas (SAPA) identification and management of community livelihood projects, conflict resolution and data management. The topics were crucial in equipping staff with skills in resource mobilization, project proposal writing, and assessment of local community perceptions towards protected area management programs, and reporting as well as collection and management of data on the implementation of CC programs. It is expected that the skills acquired will help staff to plan for post COVID-19 programs, including developing fundable project proposals.
This report covers these trainings held as part of the third session, their objectives and outcomes.