Supporting conservation management
ITFC has always worked closely with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), conservation managers of National Parks in Uganda. UWA consults ITFC concerning proposals for research in the Bwindi and Mgahinga Conservation Area (BMCA). ITFC has always been invited UWA to help formulate its Annual Operations Plan (AOP) for BMCA, as well as its 10 year management plan. ITFC has also regularly held training courses for UWA staff.
UWA has a research and monitoring warden stationed in Ruhija, at walking distance from ITFC, who works closely with the institute on research and monitoring needs of BMCA. He and other UWA staff visit ITFC offices on a regular basis and ITFC staff often visit UWA offices—both as a courtesy and as a means to keep each other informed of developments.
Once a year, UWA and ITFC hold a joint Information Sharing workshop to discuss study results, conservation challenges emerging questions and their implications.