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UWA Enters Partnership for the Management of Pian- Upe Wildlife Reserve

John Makombo, the Director of Conservation in UWA, who represented the Executive Director at the signing of the addendum, said that the partnership is expected to foster changes including a boost in wildlife species, deployment of more rangers, and community collaboration in the preservation of the reserves.
Dra. Max Graham, the COE of Space for Giants signs addendum with UWA in Soroti.

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The Ugandan Wildlife Authority- UWA has signed an additional agreement with Space for Giants, a new international conservation organization to raise capital for the restoration of Pian- Upe Wildlife Reserve. 

The new partnership brings on board six other district local governments in Karamoja, Teso, and Sebei sub-region and the local communities. The first conservation agreement was signed between UWA, the Karimojong Overland Safaris, and the Nakapiripirit District Local Government in 2008. 

At the time, Amudat and Nabilatuk districts were still under Nakapiripirit district. But the new partnership extends to Napak, carved out of Moroto district in Karamoja, and brings on board Bulambuli and Kween in Bugisu and Sebei sub-regions, Bukedea, Katakwi, and Kumi in the Teso sub-region.

John Makombo, the Director of Conservation in UWA, who represented the Executive Director at the signing of the addendum, said that the partnership is expected to foster changes including a boost in wildlife species, deployment of more rangers and community collaboration in preservation of the reserves.

Makobmo said that they are expecting a boost of USD 8 million approximately UGX. 28 billion as an investment from the new partnership. According to Makombo, the Pian- Upe Wildlife Reserve will be operating on an annual budget of UGX. 4.3 billion for the next five years.  

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Makombo noted that in addition to the financial support, the partnership with Space of Giants comes to give technical support to the management and conservation of Pian- Upe wildlife reserve.

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Dr. Max Graham, the Chief Executive Officer of Space for Giants, says that they came into Pian- Upe wildlife reserve when President Museveni joined the giant’s club in 2015.  He notes that Space for Giants works to attract investors in the tourism industry and mitigation of human-wildlife conflict. Graham added that their partnership with the government is to market Pian- Upe to the world after almost three decades of conflict with the communities.

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Paul Lokol, the Nabilatuk District Chairperson, says that the partnership is key in resolving conflicts between the communities and the wildlife.

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The Pian- Upe Wildlife Reserve is the second largest state protected area after the Murchison Falls National Park. It was established in 1964 and covers more than 2,000 square kilometers of land. 

Currently, Pian- Upe wildlife reserve has 525 bird species and 163 mammals including Uganda’s widest diversity of plains mammals, the cheetah and the endangered African wild dog. The conservation area also keeps a rare species of roan antelope and Rothschild giraffes. However, more than 150, 000 people have encroached into the Pian- Upe Wildlife Reserve over the years.