Uganda Wildlife Authority
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is a semi-autonomous government agency that conserves and manages Uganda wildlife for the people of Uganda and the whole world. This agency was established in 1996 after the merger of the Uganda National Parks and the Game Department, and the enactment of the Uganda Wildlife Statute, which became an Act in 2000
Uganda Wildlife Authority is mandated to ensure sustainable management of wildlife resources and supervise wildlife activities in Uganda both within and outside the protected areas. With 10 national parks and 12 wildlife reserves under its jurisdiction, UWA’s role in managing the country’s tourism industry and attracting investors to the sector has been a significant one.
It also manages five community wildlife management areas and 13 wildlife sanctuaries. The challenges facing the management and conservation of wildlife and biodiversity in Uganda are myriad, and they include poaching, competition in the regional tourism market, human wildlife conflict and wildlife crimes. Stakeholders, partners and communities that live around these protected areas have been employed to help tackle some of these issues. The ,organization has also developed strategies within its management policies to help solve some of these challenges.
Uganda Media Council
Encounter Africa Safaris works with Uganda Media Council to execute the works of filming companies in Uganda. Uganda Media council was established by the Press and Journalist Act; of 1995 and charged with the regulation of the Mass Media. The objective of the Law is to ensure the freedom of the press and to establish to regulate the mass media and arbitrate any disputes within or related to the industry and arbitrate any dispute within or related to the industry.
Under article 10(1) of the Press and Journalist Act 1995 Cap 105, the Council has the following functions:-
To regulate the conduct and promote good ethical standards and discipline of journalists, To arbitrate disputes between the public and the media; and the State and the media, To exercise disciplinary control over journalist, editors and publishers, To promote generally the flow of information, To censor films, videotapes plays and other related apparatuses for public consumption, To exercise any function that may be authorized or required by law.
The council is further empowered to accredit foreign journalists who intend to carry out any act of journalism in Uganda.
Membership is drawn from members of the public with an impeccable record; National Union of Journalist of Uganda (NIJU), Newspaper proprietors and Editors Association UNEPA; the Electronic media; the Law Society and Scholars.
The Council tries its best to work hand in hand with its sister organizations namely the Broadcasting Council and the Communication commission. The media is an essential element of modern society because it’s through a free media that the organs of the state i.e. the executive, the legislature and the judiciary can be subjected to scrutiny. It is because of this scrutiny that they become responsive to society for which they are established.
The media being a watchdog function for the public it promotes democratization, accountability and good governance among other positive and patriotic values. The media being part of society has also a big responsibility to it. This is particularly important in a country like Uganda where on one hand freedom of the press is guaranteed by the national Constitution and on the other hand the democratization process is fragile and in its infancy. This is more so as the country transitions into a multi-party political system.
The Disciplinary/Arbitration Committee is established under the Press Journalist Statute 1995 one of its functions is to exercise disciplinary control over journalist, editors and publishers and to arbitrate disputes between the public and the media and the state and the media.
Uganda Civil Aviation Authority
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was established in 1991 through CAA Ordinance number 2 of 1991, which was later replaced by CAA Statute Number 3 of 1994, Cap 354. The Act spells out the establishment, objectives, functions and powers of the Authority.
In order to keep focused on the cardinal purpose for its establishment and in line with the convention that guides the development and management of the international civil aviation system, the Authority set itself a mission that seeks “to maintain the highest standards of safety, security and service in Civil Aviation.”
CAA’s Vision is for “the Safest, Most efficient and Affordable Air Transport system in Africa and beyond.”
As a way of achieving its mission, the Authority is propelled by the cardinal objective of its establishment which is ” to promote the safe, secure, regular and efficient use and development of civil aviation inside and outside Uganda.”
We take responsibility for our actions and account for them at all levels. Value for money and good corporate governance are the foundations of our decisions. We will take the high road by practicing the highest ethical standards, and by honoring our commitments.
We understand the dynamics of our industry and the needs of our clientele. In order to endure, we observe a high level of flexibility without compromising the safety and security standards of our services.
Passion for Technology
We realize we live in a changing environment, driven by rapid technological innovations and changes. Our passion for technological changes enables us to prioritize our resources, our energies, our plans and programs, for better service to our clients.
We know our people are our biggest and most important asset. We encourage and recognize initiative. We emphasize their training and welfare. Our strength and our competitive advantage will always be in our people.
The highest quality of service is our ultimate. We take pride in delighting our clientele. We invest in our reputation. From our people to our services and in all our relationships, quality is our signature.
National Forest Authority
Government of Uganda, in 1998 adopted a policy to restructure many government departments including the Forestry Department. It recognized an urgent need for a change in the policy, legal framework and institutions controlling forestry in the country. There was a sense of crisis about the state of the country’s forests and a particular outcry at the state of the forest reserves, in the hands of the Forestry Department. The sensitization Forestry Department was no longer appropriate for the task and therefore a need for it to be divested. It was decided that a new institutional arrangement was needed hence the Forestry Inspection Division, the National Forestry Authority and the District Forestry Services were set up.
Government of Uganda worked with DFID, Norway, GTZ, UNDP, FAO and the EU towards this institutional change since 1999. Having made the decision to close the Forestry Department, the Ministry pushed for a quick development of, and transition to, an NFA. So, the NFA became in 2003 under section 52 of The National Forestry and Tree Planting Act and was launched on the 26th April 2004.
Establishment of the National Forestry Authority was preceded by the development of the new Forestry Policy (2001) and the National Forest Plan (2002). These were to provide for a framework for distribution of roles and responsibilities amongst sector stakeholders and not just the Forestry Department.
Institutional structure and human resources
We have developed an organizational structure for the National Forestry Authority that divides work among its employees and shows a co-ordination of activities so that they are directed towards achieving business goals. The Authority reports to government through the Minister responsible for forestry, and is supervised by a Board of Directors.
The NFA organisational structure translates into 335 employees that are deployed both at headquarter and in the field. There is comprehensive human resources manual together with administrative policies that were developed that make NFA staff a well-motivated team. The employees are well paid and receive motivation based on excellent performance.