The communities living in proximity to these wetlands depend on wetland resources to enable them sustain their day to day lives, and cater for their family provisions. This fact has seen these wetlands become over exploited on numerous occasions since the community members are both ignorant of the value of conservation and wise use, they don’t have all the information they need, and if they do, they have no resources or idea of how to put them into action. Some people are also seen to simply not care about the negative impacts that their exploitation has on the wetlands.
Even with all these facts clearly laid out, the primary priority of the people living in wetland areas, has always been to harvest and use the products to generate income, conservation on the other hand becomes secondary.
Ecofider Kenya therefore seeks to attempt to change this perception and line of thinking, to one which gives primary priority to conservation and wise use. This will help ensure continued sustainability on both the enterprise and environment fronts.
In order for us to achieve this, we will adopt this strategy as a breaking point into the community. It will aimed at ensuring that the participants from the community will get to know their wetlands and begin seeing them from a new perspective.
The activities we will undertake to see this strategy through are set to include:
- Involving local people in gathering local knowledge of past uses and conditions in the wetlands
- Undertaking community mobilization in all the wetland areas,
- conducting surveys of current wetland uses, conditions and issues,
- Leading exploratory walks and boat trips through wetlands with interested local residents,
- Conducting participatory mapping exercises for each wetland area, and producing large and small scale maps of each of the wetland areas
- Gathering different members of the community on the basis of the common interest groups that they are classified under called village Environment Committee whose main aim will be to enable grass root environment governance.