President Museveni has arrived in London for an international conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) organised by the UK government.
The conference is a follow-up to the Giants Club Conservation and Tourism Investment Forum hosted in Uganda in October last year.
The two-day conference which starts today is bringing together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction.
The meeting will focus on three key themes. The first is tackling illegal wildlife trade (IWT) as a serious organized crime, looking to increase collaboration across continents to tackle IWT-associated illicit financial flows and corruption; strengthen networks of IWT law enforcement experts, helping frontline countries to coordinate across the trade routes; and improve understanding of the linkages to wider security challenges.
The second theme will be building coalitions, to use levers of influence across illicit trade routes, through increased engagement with the private sector, NGOs, academia and new partners; harness technology; and share and scale up successful and innovative solutions.
The third theme, closing markets, will investigate: sharing common challenges and solutions to make market closure as effective as possible, including tackling displacement to neighbouring countries and encouraging other countries to follow suit; and sharing successful approaches for reducing demand for other illegal wildlife products.
Uganda has a number of animals that are facing extinction that bring in revenue through tourism, such as chimpanzees, African elephants, leopards among others.