22 Jan 2008
Pro-Poor Community Eco-Tourism Window for Sustainable Ecosystem Conservation, Community Participation and Wise Use of Mabamba Bay Ramsar Site, Uganda
Safeguarding the Ecological Functions of Mabamba Ramsar Site for Sustainable Pro-Poor Eco-Tourism, Community Livelihood Support and Environmental
The Project aims at promoting local community members’ participation and to kindle their support in conservation and wise use of Mabamba Bay Wetland of international importance.
The project aims at promoting local community members’ participation and to kindle their support in conservation and wise use of Mabamba Bay Wetland of international importance through community organising, sustainable resource-based and alternative income-generating activities and an effective information exchange system. The project involves an Awareness and Education campaign about the benefits of protecting this Ramsar site; providing skills of alternative income generating opportunities and wise use of the resource: and, developing an eco-tourism information centre.
The project will lead to the protection of the globally threatened Shoebill (Blaeniceps rex), approximately 38% of the global population of the Blue swallow (Hirundo atrocaerulea), and the globally threatened Papyrus Yellow Warbler plus other birds of global conservation concern. The project also ensures protection of rare plant species like Scadoxus species and lay a foundation for future conservation programs for this newly designated Ramser site.
The project is implemented by Nature Palace Foundation, a national Civil Society Organisation in collaboration with partners organised in Wakiso District Environmental CSOs Advocacy Coalition (WECAC), Wakiso District Information office and Kasanje Sub-county local administration.