Monday, 24 February 2014

Uganda sets up an online database to monitor arrests and identification of repeat poachers

The new database will help Ugandan authorities to give appropriate sentences to repeat offenders

February 2014: The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) have announced a collaboration to produce an online tool that will allow law enforcement officials to access a database that tracks offenders of wildlife crime in real-time and across the country. The announcement was made as conservationists gathered from around the world for the United for Wildlife symposium last week in London.

The database, which can be updated online at all Uganda parks and headquarters, will enable better monitoring of arrests and identification of repeat offenders and their associates. It will allow park managers to better track prosecutions while enabling the export of data for further analyses.

In addition, the database allows UWA staff to assess which wildlife crimes are on the increase by providing summary statistics by park and also to profile those involved in wildlife crime in the country. The results will be used to identify where and when people are undertaking illegal activities and who is involved.

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