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Project information

Conservation Uganda - Waterways Project Training

To operate waterborne patrols to protect the key elephant migratory corridor in the Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area in Uganda. These patrols serve to protect the area from illegal hunting activity as well as provide essential transport links for remote communities in the area.


Charity information: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

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  • Need


    Despite considerable progress in the area many regions in Uganda remain vulnerable to illegal poaching with elephants bearing the brunt of this trade. Unfortunately, poaching in the area is on the increase again and land based patrols struggle to access much of this key migratory corridor through the waterways of the Queen Elizabeth Park. Moreover, any outreach initiative to educate remote communities about the plight of the elephant is impossible without better access.


    Funding waterborne patrols allows rangers to cover more key elephant territory and their presence is a real deterrent to poachers. Moreover the boats provide essential communication links for otherwise isolated communities and have been used for emergency evacuations as well as the distribution of much needed supplies - such as life saving malaria nets. This combination of animal-based protection measures with community outreach is garnering much local support for elephant conservation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To extend the reach of water based anti-poaching patrols


    » To fund and equip more waterborne patrols to extend anti-poaching coverage for key elephant territory
    » To employ and train new rangers to operate waterborne patrols

    What success will look like

    Success will be...measured in terms of a fall in the number of crimes against wildife and in a reduction in the number of elephants killed for their ivory

    Aim 2

    To provide outreach services to local communities and to spread the conservation message.


    » To operate an informal transport, distribution and communication service for remote communities.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by increased access to remote communities, the distribution of key supplies and increased awareness about the plight of the elephant

  • Impact


    Reduced wildlife crime, a reduction in the number of poaching incidents and greater understanding of the need for conservation measures amongst the local communities who share their land with the elephant.


    The success of the project depends on improved working between different anti-poaching patrols which will require adaptations to the current working environment. There is always a danger that existing team members will find it hard to adapt to these changes. A tried and tested training programme delivered by expert trainers should mitigate this risk.


    The Foundation produces general project updates on its website, its bi-annual newsletter and its enews letter. More formal and specific reporting is made by the project on, at least ,an annual basis, but these reports can be as frequent as necessary to satisfy donor requirements

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,600 Staff costs Trainer and trainee costs
      £8,000 Travel costs Air tickets, fuel and insurance
      £4,000 Lodging Food and accommodation for 50 people
      £7,400 Equipment Bicycles, phones, GPS, mosquito nets

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    International Elephant Foundation £6,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Uganda's Queen Elizabeth Park and Ishasha Region, home to nearly 1000 elephants and used as a migratory corridor for many more


    The immediate beneficiaries will be the elephants able to migrate safely through the region. However, in the longer term the local communities should benefit as the region becomes safer and more wildlife-rich.
    This, in turn, should encourage more mutually beneficial collaborations between conservation and regional development projects.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation has been active in conservation since 1984 and has had a significant impact in many projects throughout Africa and Asia. Working in partnership with project teams on the ground, the Foundation benefits from access to local expertise and ensures that money goes to where it is most needed and that the outcomes meet the needs of local wildlife as well as local communities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Patrick Agaba - Project

    Partick oversees the day-to-day activities of the project and will participate in the proposed training scheme