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Restored wetland in Bushenyi to support agriculture, fish farming

By Annika McGinnis

Added 15th June 2020 08:35 PM

In Bushenyi district, a wetland conservation project hopes to restore the natural habitat while pumping water to nearby farmers for cultivation.

Restored wetland in Bushenyi to support agriculture, fish farming

In Bushenyi district, a wetland conservation project hopes to restore the natural habitat while pumping water to nearby farmers for cultivation.

Lake Victoria is rising, displacing hundreds of thousands of people in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. One reason is the loss of wetlands. As people stake claim to swamps, converting them to farms or cities, more rainwater flows into rivers that feed the lake.

But in Uganda's Bushenyi district, a wetland conservation project is in the works to restore the natural habitat while pumping water to nearby farmers for year-round cultivation.

This is part of a $44m (sh163b) government project funded by the Green Climate Fund, which aims to restore 24 degraded wetlands in eastern and southwestern Uganda by 2025.

The InfoNile video below by Annika McGinnis was produced as part of the #ClimateSolutions project supported by the CIVICUS Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator.




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The road leading into the Nyaruzinga wetland in Bushenyi



The Nyaruzinga wetland is near the Bushenyi Core Primary Teachers College, whose students will use some of the farm plots to be irrigated by the restored wetland



The reservoir in the restored Nyaruzinga wetland. The water will be used to irrigate nearby farm plots and supply fish ponds through a solar-powered pumping system



Bushenyi hosted the national World Wetlands Day celebrations on February 7, 2020, where government leaders planted papyrus plants in a show of support for the wetlands project







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