The system Piloted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park last year involves the use of a wildlife card, aboutthe size of a credit card, embedded with a microchip used to control and deduct rates and fees according to the services provided while in the parks.
The system Piloted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park last year involves the use of a wildlife card, about the size of a credit card, embedded with a microchip used to control and deduct rates and fees according to the services provided while in the parks.
The roll out follows a huge success registered during the pilot in collecting revenue and combating crime.
Simplicious Gessa, the Authority’s spokesperson says after successful testing of the system in Bwindi, the authority has now decided to expand its coverage to Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks. He says Murchison-falls National Park and Kibaale will be added onto the service within the next two weeks.
Gessa says with the rollout, the authority will be in position to generate more revenue.
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Uganda Wildlife Authority anticipates that the card will improve the security of the tourists and tour operators, who will no longer need to carry large amounts of cash. It will also increase on the security of the gate clerks who have been keeping a lot of cash at the gates and were prone to insecurity.
Prior to the onset of the system, huge sums of cash would be transported from the parks to the banks exposing them to attacks, robberies and murders by unscrupulous individuals. But Gessa says since the introduction of the system in Bwindi last year, such cases have greatly reduced.
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He says cases of fraud by the UWA staff have also reduced because they no longer deal with cash transactions. Gessa says with this, the authority will collect more revenue from tourists who visit the park. Through the issuance of the wildlife cards, the authority also aims to avoid cases of forged receipts that used to be issued by conmen who pose as Uganda Wildlife Authority staff.