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The goal behind the Monitoring and Research Program is the provision of relevant, accurate and timely information for planning, decision-making and evaluation in conservation of bio diversity and sustainable management of wildlife resources.

Research Facilities

UWA currently has limited research facilities at Mweya in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rabongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park and in Kidepo Valley National Park.

In collaboration with UWA, Makerere University runs the Makerere University Biological Field Station in Kibale National Park and Mbarara University runs the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. These have to be contacted directly for access to their facilities, which would be at an additional cost.

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Research and Monitoring Priorities

The Uganda Wildlife Authority research priorities reflect the organization’s mandate of conservation and development under four main themes:

i. Ecology: species, habitat, fire, hydrobiology and disease

ii. Biodiversity: inventories, vegetation dynamics and mapping

iii. Socio-economics: local communities, human-wildlife interactions and cost-benefit sharing

iv. Development: policy, tourism, use rights and trade

Similarly, monitoring activities are prioritized under the fields of:

i. Ecology: wild animals, vegetation and meteorology,

ii. Socio-economics: demographic and resource use,

iii. Management: illegal activities, problem animals and patrol coverage

iv. Development: concessions, tourism and pollution

Detailed priorities for each of the Pas are available at UWA HQ, and are provided on request by the Monitoring and Research Unit.

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Services Available at the Monitoring and Research Unit

i. Information on wildlife management areas

ii. A Management Information System (MIST)

iii. A Library

iv. A research database for easy retrieval of information on all research projects, research organizations and personnel.

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Research Clearance Procedures

Anyone intending to conduct research in Wildlife Protected Areas or on wildlife in general must fill in application forms, attach a detailed proposal and CV, and submit them in duplicate to UWA. The research application forms can be obtained from the Monitoring and Research Unit through the e-mail address uwa@uwa.or.ug or downloaded from here (word document).

PROCEDURES FOR CLEARING RESEARCH PROPOSALS
Anyone applying to conduct research in UWA’s protected areas must follow the procedures outlined below:


1. Obtain research application forms from UWA HQ, PAs, the Internet or any other place UWA may designate. Application forms will be submitted together with copies of research proposals and a CV of the principal researcher at least 3 months before the proposed date of commencement of the research.

2. The application form will be completed in duplicate (1-copy deposited at UWA’s HQ and 1 sent to the protected area where the research is to be carried out).

3. Students in higher institutions of learning wishing to conduct their research in UWA protected areas will need a letter from their institutions of affiliation, certifying their studentship. So do students from outside Uganda.

4. The proposals will be vetted by the protected area of interest and experts in the particular field of concern, before research approval by UWA. The experts could be within or outside of the organisation. Proposals from undergraduate students will be vetted by UWA HQ alone since these are usually for a very short period of time and do not involve detailed research methods or in-depth analysis to be of much use to park management.
Note: Foreign researchers are required by law to seek clearance from Uganda National Council for Science and Technology after approval from UWA.

5. All researchers are required to submit progress reports to UWA at specified intervals and a final report at the end of the research.

6. Foreign researchers will be required to deposit a refundable fee of $300 at UWA HQ. This will be given back on submission of the final report. A researcher, whether local or foreign, who fails to submit a report will not be accepted to carry out any other research within UWA’s PAs again.

7. Fees*:

CategoryFC (US$)FS (US$)UC (USH)US (USH)
Application202010,00010,000
User (monthly)1003030,000
Report deposit300300
FC- Foreign CitizenUC –Ugandan Citizen
FS – Foreign StudentUS –Ugandan Student

*Changes may be made without prior notice. Other services e.g. accommodation, equipment hire and specimen export are charged separately.

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Specimen Collection

No one is allowed to collect any specimen without prior written approval from UWA HQ.  Nor is anyone allowed to take specimen outside Pas without a signed and stamped certificate from the office of the Executive Director. Any need for specimen should be clearly indicated on the application form. Approval of any research proposal does not necessarily mean approval of specimen collection. The number of specimen required per species should be indicated in the proposal and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  Exporting specimen from Uganda requires approval from various relevant government offices.

The organisation reserves the right to charge fees for any specimen collected from the Pas at a rate to be determined by UWA.

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Monitoring and Research Funding

The Monitoring and Research Unit receives operational and capital development funds from the Uganda Wildlife Authority and from externally funded projects. These funds are not enough for all the research and monitoring required. To increase its financial resources, UWA has established a Research Fund into which it contributes part of its non-research revenues and all the application and user fee plus any applicable royalties.

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Your Contribution to Research

Uganda Wildlife Authority is committed to conserving the country’s biodiversity through research and monitoring and would be glad to receive your contribution towards improved conservation and management of Uganda’s wildlife. Please download contribution form (word document) and mail to uwa@uwa.or.ug