STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS FOR WETLAND MANAGEMENT: LESSONS FROM UGANDA

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dc.contributor.author Mbeche, R
dc.contributor.author Bagyenda, R
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-22T11:41:14Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-22T11:41:14Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06-22
dc.identifier.isbn 9966 923 28 4
dc.identifier.uri http://journals.jkuat.ac.ke/index.php/jscp/article/view/1343
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3359
dc.description.abstract Approximately 11,268 km2 of Uganda’s wetlands were lost between 1994 and 2008, representing a 4.7% decline in only 14 years. In response, the government working with civil society actors put in place and tested a unique governance arrangement for wetland management that included a strategic partnership with civil society, local governments and communities. The uniqueness sought to address capacity gaps, representation, accountability and sustainability which were lacking in previous wetland conservation initiatives in the country. The aim of this study was to identify the emerging institutional arrangements and assess their effect on management of wetlands. The study used a qualitative approach including analysis of documents, 36 key informant interviews and two focus group discussions in Isingiro district between October 2013and June 2014. Three Community Conservation Areas (CCAs) were established protecting 13,184ha of highly bio-diverse wetlands. Three community based organisations have been established, officially registered and recognised by local governments to manage the sites. Their management roles and responsibilities are clear, including management of revenue from eco-tourism and fishing. Community Environment Conservation Fund (CECF) t has been established to sustainably catalyse functionality of the local governance arrangements and adoption and replication of wise use activities. Killing of birds has been reduced and catching immature fish has drastically reduced at these ramsar sites and important bird areas (IBAs). The implication is that strategic partnerships between state, non-state actors and communities with clear roles, responsibilities and benefits enhances conservation and access to these resources. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship JKUAT en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher JKUAT en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries The 11th JKUAT Scientific, Technological and Industrialization Conference and Exhibitions Conference Proceedings;10-11th November 2016
dc.subject Governance arrangements en_US
dc.subject strategic partnerships en_US
dc.subject communities en_US
dc.subject important bird areas en_US
dc.subject JKUAT en_US
dc.subject Kenya en_US
dc.title STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS FOR WETLAND MANAGEMENT: LESSONS FROM UGANDA en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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