The above sites have experienced degradation over the past decades due to human induced factors. The main cause of habitat degradation in this area is the salt extraction industry for domestic supply in the Katwe-Kabatooro Town Council.
Salt mining also takes place in Kasenyi Crater Lake. This is the only source of rock salt for Uganda.
The total number of people who depend on this activity is estimated at over 3,000 including family members, traders and transporters. The industry has also attracted secondary activities leading to the growth of Katwe-Kabatooro Township with a population of about 7,000 people. Wastes from salt extraction and domestic wastes from the township enter the salt lakes/habitat and affect the feeding processes of the birds.