Authored by Evans A.K. Miriti

Human-induced wetland fragmentation threatens the sustainability of communities' livelihoods and has caused an 80 percent decline in the population of Uganda's national bird, the Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum). Using participatory approaches, the Cranes and Wetland Conservation project in the Lake Victoria basin has facilitated community participation in sustainable wetland utilisation using cranes as flagship species. Project activities are guided by the draft Grey Crowned Crane Species Action Plan which recognises the need for greater involvement of local stakeholders in integrated crane and wetland conservation.