Stakeholders’ perceptions of wetland conservation and restoration in Wakiso District, Uganda

Kadoma, A., Perry, M. and Renaud, F. G. (2023) Stakeholders’ perceptions of wetland conservation and restoration in Wakiso District, Uganda. Environment, Development and Sustainability, (doi: 10.1007/s10668-023-04008-z) (Early Online Publication)

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Natural wetlands are critically important to the lives and livelihoods of many people. Human activities result in the degradation of wetlands globally, and more so in developing countries prioritizing fast economic growth and development. With an increasing population in their immediate surroundings, wetlands in Wakiso District, Uganda, have become over-exploited to meet human needs. Policies, plans and projects have been put in place aiming at wetland conservation and restoration, but with limited stakeholder participation, have achieved limited success. Our research objective was to identify stakeholders, their perceptions, and understand the role these perceptions play in wetland conservation and restoration activities. To achieve these objectives, we used the ecosystem services concept within a qualitative, multi-site case study research approach. Findings show that stakeholders hold divergent perceptions on wetland ecosystem services, perceiving them as source of materials, fertile places for farming, cheap to buy and own, as well as being “God-given”. Furthermore, wetlands as habitats are perceived as not prioritized by central government. Implications for conservation and restoration vary with stakeholders advocating for (1) over-use, wise-use or not-use of wetlands and their resources, (2) educating and sensitization as well as (3) the implementation of the available laws and policies. This paper explores the findings and important implications for the conservation and restoration of wetlands in Wakiso District, Uganda.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Renaud, Professor Fabrice and Perry, Professor Mia and Kadoma, Mr Anthony
Authors: Kadoma, A., Perry, M., and Renaud, F. G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy
College of Social Sciences > School of Social & Environmental Sustainability
Journal Name:Environment, Development and Sustainability
ISSN (Online):1573-2975
Published Online:26 October 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in Environment, Development and Sustainability 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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