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Ugandan wetland under threat

Uganda: Lubigi Wetland, a critical water catchment area in Wakiso District, is at the risk of getting destroyed due to increased human activity, environment experts have warned. Recent mapping of the area has revealed that the degradation at the wetland, is 42% above the national average of 30%.

“The wetland is threatened by the modification of papyrus swamp to other types of land use of which subsistence agriculture, dumping of non biodegradable wastes like plastic bottles and land filling is leading,” said Sarah Kaweesa, Director of A Rocha Uganda, a nature conservation NGO.

Taking cognizance of this, the Ministry of Environment is now using GPS machines for boundary demarcation of wetlands. The ministry is of the view that land demarcation will restrict human activity in the are.

Source: Monitor