Kusa Wetland Community Struggle for Conservation

Kusa wetland supports a number of economic activities including fishing, mat weaving and papyrus and sand harvesting. The community members have however been practicing indiscriminate harvesting of the wetland’s resources which has over the years led to its massive destruction.

20170215_110556(0) Naturally, rural communities are known for practicing agriculture and rearing of animals which majorly contributes to their livelihoods. They keep cattle including cows, sheep and goats mostly and just like all living things, these animals also have to feed in order for them to survive. What therefore happens when there is too much drought that the usual feeding sites of these animals have all dried up because of prolonged drought?

20170215_112034In wetland communities, these only leaves one choice, which is encroachment into the wetlands. Kusa wetland is one such areas which have been stricken by drought.

 

Cows are now forced to forage deep in the wetlands while some of the cattle owners harvest the plants and take them to their cattle, some young men in the wetland community have also created employment from this and they harvest and sell them to cattle owners.

We have been attempting restoration of the wetlands and through our Wetland Keepers, the Village Environment Committee and working hand in hand with local conservation groups, we managed to get the community to appreciate their wetlands and engage in best practices so as to ensure the conservation of the wetland. After taking steps to ensure they do the right thing by themselves, Mother Nature and the future of their wetland, they are forced to take steps back because of unfavorable climatic conditions which in turn yield disasters.

 

Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Wonder Kids of Joel Omino Primary Schools 

WWDJust a couple of days ago, we marked the day for the wetlands of the world. As we all know, wetlands are some of the most productive ecosystems on the planet and aside from the ecosystem goods they provide, they are also paramount in disaster risk reduction.

 

It is said that if you teach a son, then you will have taught the entire community. Well at Ecofinder Kenya, we decided to bank on that and teach the little ones in Dunga Wetland Community, the importance of wetlands in Disaster risk reduction. So we went to Joel Omino Primary School in Kisumu and had a session with members of the environmental club who proved to be very conversant with the subject and great lovers of their environment.

20170202_161428Dunga Wetland is a beautiful wetland with a charismatic biological life and we were eager to share this with the pupils. To our surprise they were well aware and had gone ahead and prepared poems and speeches about this and much more, which was to be shared with the other pupils in the school, a population of over one thousand, and in various social media sites, with the aim of improving the knowledge of our next generation and equip them well in the fight against wetlands destruction.