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Grant Davidson, 25 October 2013

Tour of Uganda’s wetlands

The CAFEA team has recently returned from two important field trips that spanned the length of the country. The team spoke to project developers and supporters, local communities and project participants as well as officials at district and local levels.

The CAFEA team has recently returned from two important field trips that spanned the length of the country. The team spoke to project developers and supporters, local communities and project participants as well as officials at district and local levels.

The team spent one week visiting wetland projects in the North- East of the country. Observing wetlands on the lowland plains where wetland systems support unique birds species however, recent rice cultivation expansion has begun to significantly impact the stability of some of these wetland systems.

Visiting the South-West of the country for ten days, the team travelled over 1000 km viewing a number of projects including those looking at improving upland soil quality using soil and water conservation methods as a measure to protect and restore wetlands in the valley bottoms and lower catchment areas where sedimentation and increased encroachment from vegetable cultivation is threatening wetlands.

The accounts of people and stories that the ALTER team encountered will shortly be made available; photos of the trip are available here. Look out for forthcoming video documentaries on “Life in the field with the ALTER team” and “An Introduction of Wetlands and ALTER in Uganda”.