900 hectares of Swamps on the Kyanamira-Kabanyonyi wetland catchment area restored.Tobias Habasa
The Kabale District Environment Department, in conjunction with the Ministry of Water and Environment under “the Building Resilient Communities, Wetland Ecosystems and Associated Catchments in Uganda, have restored 900 hectares along the Kyanamira-Kabanyonyi catchment area.
The program, which is being funded under the Green Climate Fund, is aimed at restoring and sustainably managing wetlands, and support target areas in wetland areas of Uganda, to reduce the risk of Climate change, posed on Agricultural-based livelihoods.
According to the Kabale District Senior Environment officer, Evas Asiimwe, they managed to restore the 900 hectares of the wetland in a space of two years, after evicting farmers, had encroached on tem and started practicing agriculture, tree growing and dairy farming. She adds that this had led the swamp to start silting with its water turning blown in colour.
Asiimwe, also says that under the restoration program, 160 goats, 189 piglets and 18900 kilograms of mash and other farm inputs like potatoes among others, have also been given to the evictees.