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.

 

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