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Computer Experts to Use Technology to Fight Wildlife Trafficking

Computer experts from around the country met in Entebbe last weekend to discuss technologies that can be employed to combat wildlife trafficking.

The computer experts are part of the developers, designers and project managers participating in the Zoohackathon 2019.

Zoohackathon is a computer coding event used to create applications, systems, and tools to reduce the demand for trafficked wildlife products. This his hoped to reduce global demand for illicit wildlife products and disrupt wildlife trafficking value chains.

This is part of a partnership between Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center and the United States Embassy in Uganda.

Deborah Malac the United States Ambassador said the introduction of advanced technology gives hope that the country will reduce the trafficking of the wild animals.

“Wildlife trafficking does not only hamper the development and sustainability of a country’s tourism sector but creates a negative impact on the livelihoods of local communities and fuels corruption” she said.

The US Embassy report indicates that every 15 minutes, an elephant in Africa is killed despite a ban in the ivory trade. In 2016, poachers killed more than 13,000 African rhinos and an estimated 100,000 pangolins are captured every year making them the most trafficked animals.

The Executive Director of UWEC James Musinguzi said that such technology being developed by the different experts is a clear indication that the country is tired and willing to end illegal trafficking of wildlife.

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