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UWA gives sh287m to six districts

By Vision Reporter

Added 12th June 2011 03:00 AM

THE Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has given sh287m to communities neighbouring Queen Elizabeth National Park.

THE Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has given sh287m to communities neighbouring Queen Elizabeth National Park.

By Bernard Masereka

THE Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has given sh287m to communities neighbouring Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The money is part of the 20% revenue sharing fund created out of collections from tourists who visit the park.

Six districts neigbouring the park received the money on Tuesday at a function held in Virina Gardens Hotel in Kasese municipality.

The districts included Kasese (sh102m), Mitoma (sh40m) and Rubirizi (sh60m).

The park’s conservation area manager, Nelson Guma said money for Kamwenge, Rukungiri and Kanungu districts would be handed over to the leaders later.

Guma disclosed that Kamwenge would receive sh46m, Rukungiri sh23m and Kanungu would receive sh17m.

He said the money would be used to fund community projects that support people’s livelihoods in a bid to minimise the conflicts between communities and the protected areas.

UWA gives sh287m to six districts

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