Kibale Corridor: The Dura Recovery Programme
The focus of the Waterways project in QEPA has been on building and making operational four marine ranger stations, at: Mweya, Rwenshama, Kashaka –and most recently Kamulikwezi. The stations (buildings, patrol boats, engines and equipment) have been handed over to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and more than 30 rangers have been trained in boat handling and operations. UWA’s deployment of boats on a daily basis on anti-poaching patrols is having a significant impact on the ability of law enforcement to reverse elephant and hippopotamus poaching and clamp down on illegal fishing practices. Controlling the waterways is critical to QEPA’s economic and social future, not to mention its flora and fauna in terms of countering bushmeat smuggling and ivory trafficking from the DR Congo.
The Waterways project in Central and Northern QECA provides key infrastructure and operational capacity to support law enforcement activities in conjunction with the new Kasese Ranger post. The success of the Waterways project and its ability to tackle illegal activities on remote land areas via water access, is a key element to our efforts to recover the 400km² Kibale Corridor, an area that is fiercely poached, virtually inaccessible and in dire need of greater protection and improved access.