Decades of wise use pay off for a Kabale wetland
Farmers tending to their crops in the Mugandu-Buramba wetland, where they have built their livelihoods through growing and selling Irish potatoes, beans and maize.

Fredrick Mugira

Community ownership agreement in Mugandu-Buramba wetland has kept the wetland intact for 40 years while helping farmers gain livelihoods

Story and multimedia by Fredrick Mugira
Technical support by Annika McGinnis and Code for Africa

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There are blooming flowers in Mugandu–Buramba wetland in the southwestern Uganda’s district of Kabale, those of lavender; white; red; yellow; blue and pink – most of them tube-shaped, amidst green leaves.

Mugandu–Buramba wetland, which drains into Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest lake in Africa, is one of the few wetlands that are still intact in Uganda, a country that has had most of its wetlands degraded.

The limited availability of land in the hilly sub county of Rubaya forced farmers to opt for this wetland to grow their crops. But through wise use and creation of management plans, they have been able to use, protect and preserve it for decades, which is enabling them to earn a living.

CLICK HERE to see full multimedia project on how the community was able to conserve the wetland for almost 40 years.