Authored by Brad Czerniak

Yala wetland is a biodiversity rich and diverse ecosystem comprised of the Yala River, Yala swamp and numerous satellite lakes which serve as habitat for birds, haplochromines and cichlid fish species that long disappeared in Lake Victoria and numerous other species. The wetland faces anthropogenic threats such as reclamation of wetlands for farming, burning and over-harvesting for papyrus crafts and cooking fuel, fishing grounds, accessibility paths and sand harvesting. This project explores the creation of a participatory Yala wetland conservation and development plan, promotion of wetland-friendly alternative livelihoods and initiatives, sustainable wetland monitoring and surveillance, conservation education and continuing networking, resource mobilization and capacity building of volunteers for long-term wetland management.