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Community Development

Ateker Safaris Ltd operates its wildlife management concessions under a revenue sharing scheme which benefits
all stakeholders involved. The following income was generated by Ateker Safaris Ltd. for its stakeholders:

Stakeholders 2009
in US$
2010
in US$
2011
in US$
2012
in US$
2013
in US$
2014
in US$
2015
in US$
2016
in US$
2017
in US$
District Wildlife Associations 1,350 11,475 17,813 7,965 27,937 30,525 39,690 56,750 176,111,950
District Local Governments 600 2,890 4,450 2,400 4,640 4,300 3,580
Uganda Wildlife Authority 3,450 9,695 14,900 19,338 27,258 29,190 26,670 28,720 21,383
Total Income for Stakeholders: 5,400 24,060 37,163 29,703 59,835 64,015 69,940 85,470 176,133,333

Total: 176,508,919 US$

Communities & Conservation

Ateker Safaris would like to work at the local level to involve communities in land-use planning. In areas with abundant wildlife, governments allow communities to create conservation areas, sometimes called wildlife management areas (WMAs) or conservancies. These areas sustain and protect wildlife, provide employment to community members to patrol and protect the area, and allow communities to charge fees from tourists for the chance to visit the wildlife or stay during a safari on the land.

Ateker Safaris would like to work with communities to enhance livelihoods, food security, and conservation through sustainable, long-term land-use planning. We help communities understand their goals for the future and help them zone their lands in ways that will make their vision a reality and sustain it over the long term.

For example, our Sunflower project in Gulu that is already operational and that we want to expand to the Kaabong area in future plans. Uganda Wildlife Safaris in partnership with Global Traders invested already 450 000 US $ in the project alone.

As human populations grow and more land is converted into settlements and roads or used for agriculture, national parks are becoming isolated islands. One of our goals is to maintain – and restore when necessary – landscape connectivity. Wildlife corridors are large sections of open land that connect one national park to another, allowing for wildlife to travel along its historic migration routes without interference. Based on GIS data that shows wildlife movement patterns, we would like to identify wildlife corridors and work with people at all levels – from governments to small villages – to designate land as such and, in some cases, paying landowners and community’s an annual fee to set it aside for conservation.

Easements are another way in which we encouraging people to make conscious land-use decisions. We work with individuals who possess large tracts of land, both land adjacent to national parks and other that is not, to agree to restrict use of the land in order to keep it open for wildlife. In the Kafu area we work together with individual land owners to protect wildlife on their farms and also pay for wildlife trophies that were taken on such land hence with protecting wildlife and habitat, which would have been barren of wildlife and burned for charcoal if it was not for a company such as us.

Financials & Community Sponsored Projects

Until 31st December 2015 we have shared a sum of UGX 353,994,685.00 with the Kamokan Wildlife Association, UGX 61,018,082.00 with the District Local Government and a sum of UGX 364,057,777.00 with Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Since then, sport hunting through KWA has funded a lot of community projects and a grand total of UGX 197,074,140.00 has been paid out in 2016. Projects that were completed in Kaabong, Kotido, Napak, Moroto and Abim Districts were identified by the KWA Management Board and it was approved by the Association in a Meeting held in Lake Mburo Conservation Area and includes the following;

  • Solar Lighting in Schools

The purchase of solar lighting systems for classrooms in three different schools in the Sub Counties of Karenga at the Karenga Primary Boys School, in Kawalakol at the Kocolo Primary School and in Kapedo at Kalimon Primary School. Each of these projects received UGX 15,700,000 and also to the Primary School of Lochom in the Sub County of Sidok where costs were calculated at UGX 7,527,000 and The Rupa Primary School in Moroto with the same costs.

  • School Desks

The purchase and supplying of fifty-one desks for pupils for the Kakwanga Primary School in the Lobalangit Sub County, in the district of Kaabong at a cost of UGX 15,700,000 and a similar project with desks sponsored in the district of Abim to the Primary School Rogom.

  • School Ablution Blocks

Construction of a VIP Latrine of two stands for the staff in Toroi Primary School in the Loyoro Sub County for UGX 15,700,000.

  • Agricultural Development

Land have been opened in various districts like Abim and Kotido for the production of chili peppers, which are not affected and rarely plundered by local wildlife. Beehives were also supplied to the beekeepers in villages of Lolanyat and Napeikar from the Kacheri Sub County in Kotido. Costs were calculated to UGX 31,400,000 in total for both Projects.

  • Tourism Development

In Kotido District Ateker Safaris has helped with the conservation of the rock hyraxes at the Lokatap rock, by opening an access road to the area from the main road improve sanitation on and around the rock and building a traditional hut for tourists to see how the local people live in harmony with wildlife. Also, an access road to the local headquarters of Morupus, with sanitary cleanup work and the construction of an ablution block to promote one of the biggest traditional villages in Africa to tourists which is an incredible site. Both these projects costs accumulated to UGX 15,700,000 each.

  • Road Construction

Numerous access roads were opened by funds supplied by Ateker Safaris, to ease traveling and connect communities with each other. Costs were calculated to plus/minus UGX 62,800,000.

Future Plans

  • Environment Impact Study (EIA.)

Animal populations are the backbone of our business, and in two prior surveys being done by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and another by UWA in conjunction with NEMA, it has been shown that animal numbers are at an all-time high in the Kidepo valley landscape. It’s shown that elephant numbers in KVNP are stable and they have recovered to the numbers that were observed in the 1960. Buffalo and hartebeest are the highest it has ever been since surveys have been done in the past 60 years. Buffalos have been recorded in 2012 to be approximately 3912 heads strong and in 2014, 6142 which give a growth rate of 19.04% over these years. If one calculate resent number accordingly numbers should have grown from 6,142 in 2014 to over 10,000 animals in 2017. This will have the national park reaching its maximum carry capacity and animals will have to move out into community areas.

Ateker Safaris is also in the process of doing an Environment Impact Study working together with Gissat Environment Associates, furthering animals counts and populations.

It is our goal to grow our company by increasing our hunting quota and our operations area in the coming years. And through the EIA we will be able to improve our management plan.

  • Further Community Projects

Through furthering sport hunting and the funds that it generates more community projects can be planned and also existing projects can be upgraded. Uganda Wildlife Safaris which is the mother company for Ateker Safaris has invested together with Global Traders in a sunflower and she butter mill in Gulu.

Sunflower oil is produced under the label of Marko. The idea is to provide to the communities another way of income and draw them away from poaching and charcoal burning. Seeds for plants are sold to the community and the harvest is bought from them which means they do not have to look for an offset market. It is our plan to develop the same project in the Karenga area, where a collection point of the seeds will be established in the community and notification on when to plant the seeds. After harvest, there will be no transport cost on behalf of the community to the mills as we have our own collecting system with trucks from the grower to the mills.

  • Upgrade Hunting Camps

More Hunting Camps and upgrading existing camps are in the planning process. The current camp next to Kidepo Valley National Park would be converted into a photographic camp which will include a luxury wing for the upper market client. We also plan to give the camp a game viewing point with its own water hole. With this we hope to achieve bigger tourist numbers and also create employment in the area.

A new camp site for hunting has been located further south in the corridor where we have found resident buffalo herds, elephant, waterbuck, kudu, klipspringer, bushbuck, hartebeest, reedbuck, oribi, and warthog. We also would like to establish outposts and water holes and grow animal numbers to huntable populations.

With the EIA in place we are looking in to exploring new areas like Kitkum, Agago and the Zulia forest reserve to find new animal populations and putting up new camp sites and outposts.

  • Constructing Water Points

It is our vision to construct dams, and dedicated water points through bore holes for wild life and cattle alike, this would increase animal populations and distribution, furthering the tourism operational area and hunting quotas which will have a direct influence in money being generated over a period of time.

  • Community Sign Posts

Ateker Safaris would like to put up community wildlife signposts to educate people about wildlife, its importance and its benefits to the community.

  • Anti-Poaching

Sport hunting also generates large amounts of money through hunting for ant-poaching, Poaching is one of our biggest challenges. Members of Ateker Safaris constantly put their lives at risk for the protection of wildlife in Uganda and cannot do it without the collaboration of the community and wildlife authorities. Ateker Safaris wants to work with the communities and authorities to establish more anti-poaching units and outpost to have a presence in certain areas to protect wildlife and conserve it for future generations. Huge numbers of spears, gin traps and hunting dogs have been confiscated in the area with poachers being arrested that had devastating effects on wildlife. But still not enough has been done and we want to continue with this work.

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