Knowledge is the basis of action and valid information about the wetlands properly communicated to local residents can build interest in contributing to wetlands conservation.
Members o communities living in proximity to wetland areas are known to only view wetlands as a source of income for them and at times as a nuisance because of the conflicts from the fauna that live in the wetlands.
For instance, in the wetlands of the Winam gulf, there are hippos which on occasion cross over and destroy farms and human property. Though this can also be attributed to the fact that the locals encroach a lot into the wetland areas, they fail to factor that in.
In order for Ecofinder Kenya to change this perspective of the community, inviting a few people from the community’s common interest group to represent the whole community is not going to cut it. Therefore we will adopted experiential learning methods to bring the lessons of the wetland assessment to the community at large.
The activities that will be carried out under this strategy will include;
- leading workshops about ecology and sustainable use of wetlands in communities that are adjacent to each of the wetlands.
- presenting informational theatre and puppetry in central places in the wetland communities.
- production of educational local radio broadcasts in a bid to reach a wider audience
- Arranging site visits of livelihood systems that are already in use in other areas and leading workshops that will be focused on practical demonstrations of these livelihood systems in all the communities.