Ramzar Sites in Uganda

Ramzar Sites in Uganda 

Ramzar Sites in Uganda are several and include a number of wetlands listed under the Ramsar convention as Wetlands of International Importance. These sites are recognized by BirdLife International as Important Bird Areas as they offer vital habitatations for some endangered animals and plants.

The Ramzar sites spread around the country include Uganda’s biggest tract of swamps, forests and extensive papyrus tracts and magnificent system of waterfalls. Uganda offers protection to the home of endangered species like globally vulnerable Shoebill stork, Sitatunga and the Papyrus Gonolek, which are vital tourist attractions. The sites have socio-economic and cultural values as local communities depend on them for survival in form of fishing, construction materials, flood protection, medicines, water filtration and grazing among others.

The Wetlands Inspection Division, for this new achievement and for its continual efforts in the implementation of the Convention at both national and international levels. The sites were designated by various environemntal bodies including WWF’s Global Freshwater Programme, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, BirdLife International, the Royal Danish Embassy in Kampala and Nature Uganda among others.

Uganda joined the Convention in 1988 and has 11 Ramsar sites occupying a surface area of 354,803 hectares (876363 acres). Internationally, the Convention’s 153 Contracting Parties have 1626  designated Ramsar sites that occuppy 145,594,013 hectares ( 359,617,212 acres). The following are the Ramzar Sites in Uganda:-

Lake Victoria Region:

  • Sango Bay-Musambwa Island-Kagera Wetland System (SAMUKA)
  • Nabajjuzi Wetland System
  • Lutembe Bay Wetland System
  • Mabamba Bay Wetland System
  • Lake Nabugabo

Eastern/Northeastern Uganda:

  • Lake Bisina Wetland System
  • Lake Nakuwa Wetland System
  • Lake Opeta Wetland System

Other Areas 

  • Lake Mburo-Nakivali Wetland System
  • Nabajjuzi Wetland System