The Role of Participatory Communication in the Mitigation of Wildlife Crime in Queen Elizabeth National Park

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Uganda Christian University
This study examined the role of participatory communication in mitigating wildlife crime in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Through a qualitative methods approach, the research investigated the perceived level of community involvement and the effectiveness of participatory communication methods employed in wildlife crime mitigation efforts. Findings reveal commendable progress in raising awareness and fostering collaboration among community members. However, a significant gap exists in the implementation of true participatory communication methods, with current strategies falling short of empowering communities to actively engage in decision-making processes. Challenges such as persisting negative attitudes and bureaucratic communication approaches hinder the effectiveness of mitigation efforts. Recommendations include a paradigm shift towards genuine participatory communication, empowering communities to become active decision-makers and fostering transparent and responsive approaches from wildlife conservation authorities. This study contributes to enhancing community involvement and the efficacy of strategies for wildlife crime mitigation, ultimately fostering sustainable conservation efforts in Queen Elizabeth National Park and beyond.