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. 

Objectives of the project

  • Improve local stakeholders’ understanding of wetland ecosystem functions as well as the distribution and ecology of the Grey Crowned      Crane targeting schools and local communities
  • Initiate alternative livelihood projects that reduce pressure on wetlands and increase the stakeholder participation in theintegrated conservation of Grey Crowned Cranes and wetlands
  • Engage local communities, traditional and county leaders to develop plans for the sustainable management of wetlands that support livelihood activities and also are used by cranes for breeding and feeding
  • Develop grassroots capacity to tackle direct threats to cranes and wetlands

Project Achievements - Highlights

Fledging of young cranes on breeding sites

Improved fledging of young cranes on breeding sites.
The combined force of the crane custodians (crane adoption groups).....

An Awareness strategy has been designed

An Awareness strategy has been designed and campaigns on the importance of cranes and wetlands conducted for local communities through...

Formulation of the Kaku wetland management Plan 

Formulation of the Kaku wetland management Plan (draft) and implementation of the Nyamuriro wetland management plan... 

Conflict Resolution

The communities hitherto engaged in resource use related conflicts with policy implementers have become cooperative and responsible. The physical fights, cold ..

Wetland demarcation and restoration:

Nyamuriro wetland in Kabale which hitherto had been ripped of its glory through degradation is gradually taking shape through the project ...

Lost wetland glory is gradually returning

Initially lost wetland glory is gradually returning as a result of wetland restoration programmes – hence headlots of papyrus reeds for fuel are..

Eco Tourism Plan

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....

Survey on Crane - Human Conflict

A survey on crane-human conflict / powerline collisions and recommendations thereof was conducted and a report produced.

Alternative Livelihood Options

Alternative livelihood options demonstrated are gradually reversing wetland dependence and contributing to poverty alleviation.....

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