Between the 9th to 16th August 2023, Wildlife Conservation Society staff provided technical training and support to selected field rangers of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). The beneficiaries included intelligence, law enforcement and community conservation staff. The training was aimed at equipping staff with data entry and analysis skills on how to effectively manage the upgraded Online Wildlife Offenders Database (OWODAT).
It is envisaged that the upgraded database will provide high quality data to inform anti-wildlife crime approaches, strengthen the capacity to improve deterrence, detection, enforcement, and prosecution of wildlife crime in Uganda. The upgraded system has a desktop and mobile application which will ensure efficient and effective capture of wildlife crime data.
Data can be entered in the field, or point of arrest and synchronized onto the main serve once the device is on online. The OWODAT upgrade and training is supported by USAID/Uganda Combating Wildlife Crime Activity 2020-2025