Human-induced wetland fragmentation since the 1970s threatens the sustainability of communities’ livelihoods and has caused an 80% decline in the population of Uganda’s national bird, the Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum.)
Using participatory approaches, the Crane and Wetland Conservation project operating in the catchments of Lake Victoria has facilitated community participation in sustainable wetland utilisation using cranes as flagship species. Project activities are guided by the draftGrey Crowned Crane Species Action Plan which recognises the need for greater involvement of local stakeholders in integrated crane and wetland conservation.
The thrust is building on previous successes to scale up Wetland Management Planning and alternative livelihoods initiatives.
An eco tourism plan including Nyamuriro wetland (an IBA) on the conventional tourism plan for the region has been drafted. A copy is to be submitted to the Kabale local government for approval and or adoption....