1 Jul 2014
Promoting Community Participation and Support in Conservation and Wise Use of Mabamba Bay Wetland of International Importance
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 so that it can continue to support pro-poor eco-tourism and community livelihood options on a sustainable basis.
The project aims at strengthening local resource-user groups to participate effectively in safeguarding, sustainably utilize and manage Mabamba Ramsar site ecosystem’s ecosystem that faces increasing over-exploitation of sand, forests and other resources by private business operators leading to ecosystem alteration, destruction of breeding grounds leading to reducing species populations of birds, fish, mammals and plants that give the wetland its international importance status and provide a basis for sustainable pro-poor eco-tourism. The project will involve documentation of effects of key exploitative activities, develop and implement an advocacy strategy; and, initiate restoration activities.
Project objectives include:
- Document the effects of key exploitative activities to ecosystem and species contained therein;
- Advocate for redress by policy makers and leaders at various levels – key issues include cancelling concessions to sand miners and adherence to environmental guidelines;
- Initiate restoration activities to degraded areas both in the wetland and in the catchment;
- Popularize the Wetland management action plan and promote its implementation.