19/06/2020 - 15:12
The COVID-19 pandemic has had mixed impacts on conservation and the environment in Uganda, as everywhere in the world. Some of the positive signs have included wildlife returning to places they used to live, feed, or nest in. Air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions have also fallen rapidly, particularly in urban and industrial areas. However, COVID-19 has also caused an unprecedented negative impact on wildlife tourism and thus to wildlife itself. As the number of tourists has slumped and many have lost their livelihoods, there is fear of an increase in wildlife crime in areas usually protected by rangers and the presence of visitors. There are also concerns that the reduction in tourism revenues from protected areas will lead to lack of necessary funds for conservation, anti-poaching and monitoring operations.