9 MEASURES TO CONSERVE WETLANDS IN UGANDA

9 MEASURES TO CONSERVE WETLANDS IN UGANDA
  • Practicing of family planning in order to control high population growth rate. This reduces on high demand for land thus reduced reclamation.




  • NEMA has been set up to monitor wetlands and minimizes encroachment on wetlands. This helped to conserve Kyambogo, Bugolobi, Tirinyi and Naigombwa wetlands.
  • Strict laws have been set up by the government against wetland encroachers. Evicting squatters in wetlands like from Bugolobi, Rufuha in Ntugamo, Agu wetland in Kumi has been done by government.
  • Voluntary migrations have been encouraged i.e. from densely populated areas to sparsely populated areas. This has helped swamps to remain in their natural state.
  • Massive education among the masses has been encouraged on the importance of swamps and their dangers especially to people of Busega, Kawoya wetlands in Banda, through public rallies, over radios and televisions.
  • Encouragement of vertical expansion of Kampala city in Nalukolongo, Nakawa,Bwaise and Bugolobi has been done by KCCA.




  • The UWA and NEMA have put a ban on hunting of wild animals and birds. This has minimized bush fires on Lumbuye, Naigombwa, Lubigi wetlands which were initially started by hunters.
  • The government has gazette specific industrial areas like Kawempe, Namanve, Nakawa, Nalukolongo which has reduced on encroachment on wetlands.
  • The national water and sewerage corporation is treating sewage at Bugolobi before it is released into Luzira swamps. Also KCCA has started proper garbage disposal in Kitezi saving Wakaliga swamp.
  • NEMA is encouraging the covering pits left behind after sand and clay mining in Kasenyi, Kajjansi, Seeta and Luzira. Also the ministry of agriculture has introduced upland rice to discourage rice cultivation in Doho, Kibimba, Tirinyi swamps which claim wetlands.

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