Semliki Delta transboundary wetland management planning workshop
An enthusiastic team of 30 participants from Uganda and DRC came together in Fort Portal to share ideas and develop the Transboundary management plan for the Semliki Delta wetland under the “Wetlands Across Borders” NBI/NELSAP transboundary wetlands project. This wetland is shared between Uganda and DRC, the boundary between these being the River Semliki which gets its waters mainly from the Ruwenzoris and emptying them into Lake Albert.
The main management challenge discussed is the high rate of degradation of the wetland as well as the inconsistent country boundaries as the river, which is the boundary, keeps meandering and changing its course as it goes to Lake Albert. Strategies to counter these were developed during the workshop where both parties from the two countries emphasized their commitment to conserve and sustainable utilize the wetland ecosystem for the benefit of both people and biodiversity.
The workshop which was facilitated by Wetlands International and NatureUganda, came up with a draft plan which will be verified by both parties from Uganda and DRC and then finalized pending implementation. During the same workshop, Early Conservation Investment plans for the wetland were developed and agreed upon by both parties. The agreed immediate action was to raise the capacity of the communities to ably conserve and sustainably utilize the wetland resources for the benefit of the people and biodiversity.