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How we have progressed to change community perception


One of our first foray into ecosystem restoration. RUSHEBEYA- KANYABAHA WETLAND is a rare example of a major peatland in Rukiga,Uganda, manysmall wetlands hav been destroyed by draining with loss of the plants and animals therein. This one is special as it is right by a significant tourist area and so also has advocacy potential. Restoration cariedout also restored small patches to natural functioning . The wetland is in private and government ownership and had been drained and grazed for nearly 100 years. The natural hydrological functioning and ecology of the wetland remains compromised by the extensive network of deep channel drains, but even so, it is the best ecosystem floor wetland that remains in the Rukiga district. It is also highly visible from the highway, forming a significant part of the gateway to bwindi national park, Bwindi park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is most notable for the 400 gorillas, half of the world's population of the endangered mountain gorillas


How Gilbert, KIWOCEDU's Volunteer Piloted a restoration project in Rushebeya wetland community to save the Endagered Grey Crowned Crane around Rukiga landscape in south western Uganda

Agricultural encroachment in Rushebeya

Agricultural encroachment in Rushebeya

Impact of invasive trees and cattle rearing has disrupted the river banks and depleted it of fresh water and green zones that would have supported other species to breed and feed such as Grey Crowned Cranes

2 years later of Our environmental Impact

Outtermost impact to communities

Gilbert Tayebwa demonstrates how to restore the wetland with Papyrus

 small buffer that still exists after restoration

Part of the Rushebeya Wetland after two years of sensitizing wetland adjascent farmers to leave atleast green zones for safer species breeding and feeding

farmers still need to be engaged to maintain and expand the green zone initially restored to enable cranes and other wetland animals feed and breed successfully

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Grey Crowned Crane( Balearica regulorum)

Rushebeya- Kanyabaha wetland is in southwestern Uganda in the Rukiga district. Rukiga is located in one of the steep-sloped landscape areas of Uganda with an altitude of more than 2000meters above sea level. The wetland inhabits one of the highest breeding pairs and numbers of an endangered species of birds called the Grey Crowned Cranes.

Grey Crowned Cranes serve a role as umbrella species at a broader ecosystem perspective. Societies around the globe have become increasingly aware of the value of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, particularly related to wetlands .Unfortunately, despite being the most abundant species of the African cranes, a decline in its population has occurred due to degradation of their habitat by human developments, hunting, egg-collection and poisoning among others. In fact, the Red List of Threatened Species,IUCN has listed the Grey Crowned-crane as endangered. This means that if no serious measures are taken to reverse this trend, we might see the cranes pushed closer to extinction.

Working with already established community groups that have a known profile and objectives at the local governance and are directly accessing the degraded areas of Rushebeya wetland, have opinions and the will to act, and contribute towards causing change is crucial.


However, for Restoration to be more effective, there is need to offer incentives such as Conservation agreements or revolving loans or alternantive livelihoods such as cows,goats, wetland edge gardening greening initiatives to enable people sustainably utilize the wetland.This project was only piloted because of lack of financial support.

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