The health of Uganda’s wetlands impacts everything from the livelihoods of surrounding communities to rates of gender-based violence. The proper management of this unique ecosystem can help address root causes of conflict while empowering women at the same time.

Covering 11 per cent of the country, Uganda’s wetlands represent important centres of biodiversity and sources of livelihood for many communities.  For over a decade now, the unique ecosystem has enjoyed relative stability, but this hasn’t always been the case.

Despite a strong legal framework, short-term interests have often won out due to weak enforcement and lack of institutional coordination.