5 February 2005

Uganda: Odong Warns On Wetlands

Kampala — Environment state minister Jeje Odong has called for the protection of Nabugabo Ramsar site in Masaka, in a bid to save the endangered species and promote tourism.

Odong was last Wednesday speaking at the World Wetlands Day national celebrations at Nabugabo organised by the Wetlands Inspection Division.

He also launched Nabugabo Ramsar site, which is recognised as a wetland of global importance.

Ramsar is a city in Iran where the global Convention on wetlands was adopted about three decades ago.

Under the Convention, ecologically sensitive areas (wetland) are set aside as Ramsar sites and attract global attention in terms of funding and guidance on sustainable use of wetlands.

Odong also launched a handicraft shop and information centre at Ssunga village near Nabugabo.

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