Environmental Conservation School Outreach Programme
Dunga swamp is one of the wetlands surrounding Lake Victoria. It's habitat for a diversity of lives which include a number of papyrus endemic birds which are threatened and the rare swamp antelope called the sitatunga, tragelaphus spekii.The dominant plant species in the wetland is the papyrus, cyperus papyrus which is the habitat for most of the birds in the swamp. The birds and other animals in the wetland make Dunga a potential touristic site which has not been fully exploited due to ignorance. The habitat and thus the biodiversity in it are under threat because of the following problems:
- Unsustainable cutting and burning of the papyrus thus threatening the bio-diversity. The papyrus is used to manufacture products like mats, chairs, building materials which are traded for money;
- Poor methods of waste disposal by mainly the surrounding schools. The wastes always end up in the wetland and also pose a health threat to the surrounding community and even the school children themselves;
- Frequent felling of trees by the local schools to set up more buildings. This makes the soil more prone to erosion;
- Pelting birds by the local school children. This is common around Dunga area and even during school holidays, some children visit the wetland to catapult birds as a sport. This is caused by ignorance of the importance of birds by the locals.
The objectives of this project work are to:
- Create awareness to SIX surrounding schools about the importance of conserving Dunga wetland, its status as an Important Bird area, threats to Dunga and its potentiality as a tourist destination within the first 4 weeks of the project;
- Help plant 50 seedlings within the project period and encourage setting up of a tree nursery in the 6 project schools within the TWO school terms of the project;
- The project also aims to help the pupils and patrons learn proper ways of managing different types of wastes and help in setting up and managing a good dumping site for each of the 6 project schools within the middle of project;
- Teach the pupils in the project schools about birds mainly papyrus specialists, their importance to environment, why they should be conserved and how to help in conserving them and also visit and experience the site within the second month of the project.
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