Management of highland wetlands in central Kenya: The importance of community education, awareness and eco-tourism in biodiversity conservation

  • Published source details Macharia J.M., Thenya T. & Ndiritu G.G. (2010) Management of highland wetlands in central Kenya: The importance of community education, awareness and eco-tourism in biodiversity conservation. Biodiversity, 11, 85-90.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Provide education/training programmes about marshes or swamps

Action Link
Marsh and Swamp Conservation
  1. Provide education/training programmes about marshes or swamps

    A study in 2006–2007 in Kenya (Macharia et al. 2010) reported that following a series of seminars and workshops on marsh conservation, two community-based management groups were established and a grazing fee was introduced. The Ondiri Water Resource Users Association aimed to develop an integrated management plan, and controlled water abstraction. The Manugo Ecotourism and Conservation Group aimed to oversee the creation of bylaws to guide sustainable management, and secured funding for conservation activities. A grazing fee was also introduced for the Manugo wetland to control overgrazing, with the proceeds used to fence critical areas and employ a caretaker. Methods: Seminars and workshops were held with communities around the Ondiri and Manugo marshes. Seminars allowed dissemination of information about the state of the marshes. Workshops allowed stakeholders to exchange ideas and experiences, identify key threats, and discuss sustainable management. Participants included community members, researchers, resource managers and government ministers.

    (Summarised by: Nigel Taylor)

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