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RWIZI RIVER CATCHMENT RESTORATION THROUGH TREE PLANTING

The Rwizi river and associated wetlands cover an approximate area of 1400SqKm and traverses the Districts of Mbarara, Sheema, Buhweju,Kiruhura and Ntungamo .The river and associated wetlands perform numerous ecological and socio-economic functions that are reflected in both direct and indirect benefits to humanity

The direct benefits vary from provision of water for domestic and animal use, food, fish, timber, fuel wood, building materials, sand, gravel and clay to provision of herbs for medicinal purposes. Indirect benefits on the other hand include; flood control, water purification, and ground water recharge and climate modulation. They also provide important habitat for animals and plants. The above benefits rank wetlands amongst the most sensitive environmental components globally thus; critical for biodiversity conservation.

The Rwizi River and associated wetlands however are facing a number of threats including loss of biodiversity due to unplanned burning, channeling for cultivation and livestock, over harvesting of wetland resources, Pollution (Agro-chemicals and acaricides), introduction of alien species and siltation. Others are sand and clay mining, reduced size due to drainage of wetlands for cultivation, siltation, and overgrazing, un-planned gravity flow schemes

Poor water quality is also a major challenge brought about by, siltation from degraded catchment, pollution from domestic waste water, direct effluent discharge from factories, direct watering of livestock and car washing bays. Others are overutilization of wetland resources, conflicts over wetland resource use, and reduced crop yields in the catchment due to poor farming methods. This is compounded by the fact that the wetland system is a trans-district resource that needs collaborative effort from the six districts that are benefiting for it.

It is against this background that FOUNADATION FOR AIDS ORPHANED CHILDREN [FAOC] Website; www.faocug.org -ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME intends to mobilize other stakeholders to contribute and participate in a tree planting campaign aimed at restoring degraded parts of the River Rwizi catchment system. This will promote sustainable management of the Rwizi river wetland system to enable it continue providing vital goods and services







Objectives
Objective 1.To create public and stakeholders awareness about the importance of Rwizi River and associated wetland system and dangers of its degradation

Objective 2.To promote community based sustainable wetland management through restoration of degraded sections of the wetland through tree planting


Objective 1.To create public and stakeholders awareness about the importance of Rwizi- river wetland System and dangers of its degradation
Activities under this objective will aim at raising awareness on the importance of the wetland ecosystem, dangers of its degradation and measures that should be taken to restore the degraded areas and conserve the remaining sections for the benefit of all stake holders. These will target District leaderships, industrial and small scale water users, communities bordering the wetland system and CBOS, NGOs, teacher and Schools involved in community environment and development programmes. The activities will include:
• Awareness raising meetings/workshops
• Radio talk shows
• Production and distribution of IEC materials
• Road shows
Objective 2
To promote community based sustainable wetland management through tree planting initiatives for the conservation of the wetland system for the benefit of all stakeholders. Under this objective planting of fruit trees that bring immediate economic benefits while at the same time helping to conserve the water catchment will be promoted to ensure sustainable utilization of the wetland resources while not affecting its capacity to provide its environmental functions.
• Trainings in Tree planting and fruit growing
• Procurement and delivery of fruit and tree seedlings for planting

Area of coverage
Given the fact that the wetland system covers a very big area 1400Sq. Km in five Districts and the resources required to conserve the entire wetland system, pilot demonstrations sites will be selected starting with the most degraded area in Isingiro ( Masha sub-counties) and Mbarara(Ndeija and Nyeihanga sub-counties) district including the Municipality. Mbarara Municipality will be focal in this campaign mainly due to its uniqueness in terms of high population that has exerted considerable pressure on the wetland system for its resources.

Expected results
• Communities and other stakeholders sensitized about the importance of the Rwizi river wetland ecosystem
• 120000 trees of different species covering 120 hectares planted along the Rwizi river stretch by adjacent communities
• 12000 fruit trees planted by communities adjacent to the Rwizi river system both for conservation and as an alternative source of income and livelihoods

Budget estimates
Activities Unit cost Frequency Total cost
Meetings/workshops 400000 5 2,000,000
Radio Talk shows 500,000 4 2,000,000
Production and distribution of IEC materials 4,000,000 1 4,000,000
Trainings in tree planting and fruit growing 400,000 6 2,400,000
Procurement of tree seedlings(Musizi,Grevelia,Pine,Mahogany,Mvule) 500 120000 60,000,000
Procurement of grafted fruits 3,000 12,000 36,000,000
Transportation of seedlings 250000 10 2,500,000
Project Launch(Public address system, Soft drinks, transport and hire of tents and chairs) 2,500,000 1 2,500,000
Administration costs 3,000,000 1 3,000,000
TOTAL US $ 50960 127,400,000

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