Uganda Wildlife Authority

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is a semi-autonomous government agency that conserves and manages Uganda's wildlife for the people of Uganda and the whole world. This agency was established in 1996 after the merger of the Uganda National Parks and the Game Department, and the enactment of the Uganda Wildlife Statute, which became an Act in 2000. UWA is mandated to ensure sustainable management of wildlife resources and supervise wildlife activities in Uganda both within and outside the protected areas.

With 10 national parks and 12 wildlife reserves under its jurisdiction, UWA's role in managing the country's tourism industry and attracting investors to the sector has been a significant one. It also manages five community wildlife management areas and 13 wildlife sanctuaries. The challenges facing the management and conservation of wildlife and biodiversity in Uganda are myriad, and they include poaching, competition in the regional tourism market, human wildlife conflict and wildlife crimes.

The objectives of the Uganda Wildlife Authority are: -

  • To conserve the wildlife and other resources of natural scenic and scientific value in those areas within its jurisdiction.
  • To ensure that the integrity of such areas is properly maintained.
  • To identify areas which should be designated and gazetted as protected areas so as to ensure adequate protection of Uganda's major eco-system, nature habitat and biodiversity.
  • To explore the possibilities of increasing benefits to local communities living within or adjacent to protected areas.
  • To exploit wildlife potentials to generate revenue for individuals and government.

UWA's Vision: "To be the leading, self-sustaining wildlife conservation agency that transforms Uganda into one of the best ecotourism destinations in Africa."

UWA's Mission: "To conserve, economically develop and sustainably manage the wildlife and protected areas of Uganda in partnership with neighbouring communities and other stakeholders for the benefit of the people of Uganda and the global community."

Contact Address: 


Plot 7 Kira Road, Kamwokya.

P.O. Box 3530, Kampala, Uganda.

Telephone: +256 414 355000, +256 312 355000

Fax: +256 414 346 291 



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