Evas Asiimwe, the Kabale District Environment Officer, says there is need to introduce tougher laws to protect grey crested cranes, which are hunted for food by locals and sale in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
Environmentalists want tougher laws to protect grey
crested cranes. Records from Nature Uganda, a nongovernmental organisation
involved in the protection of nature show that the number of grey crested
cranes dropped from 100,000 between 1972-1974 to 8000 in 2018.
50 percent of the 8000 grey
crested crane have their habitats in Western Uganda districts, according
to survey carried out by Nature Uganda in 2018. However, environmentalists
are concerned by the rate at, which the Grey crested crane is disappearing.
Achiles Byaruhanga, the Executive Director Nature Uganda,
says unless something is done, the Grey crested crane will be extinct from
Uganda in the next fear years.
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Evas Asiimwe, the Kabale District Environment
Officer, says there is need to introduce tougher laws to protect grey crested
cranes, which are hunted for food by locals and sale in the neighboring Democratic
Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
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Pamela Katushabe, the Rubanda District Environment Officer,
says all efforts should be made to protect the grey crested crane since
it is a symbol of national importance. She unless something is done, the future
generation will only read about the bird, which is found on the Ugandan flag
Katushabe says that more laws should be imposed restricting
the public from destroying wetlands, which act as major habitats for crested
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Jane Amumpeire, the programs manager Self Help Africa, a
non-government organization advocating for the protection of Lake Bunyonyi, says
that locals resort to eating crested cranes to due to food shortage.
there is need for government to improve food security to prevent residents from
targeting endangered species like the crested crane.
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Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale District LC 5 Chairperson,
says it was unheard of that communities were hunting and eating the crested
crane. He has promised to put in place measures to apprehend whoever is found
hunting the bird.
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Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi, the Tourism State Minister, says it is
the responsibility of every Ugandans to ensure crested cranes are
protected from extinct. He also says
there is need to put in place measures to restore wetlands as a way of conserving
the habitat for the crested cranes.
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According to Uganda Wildlife act 1996 (75), any
person who is convicted of an offence involving taking, hunting,
molesting or reducing into possession any protected species is liable
to a fine of not less than one million Shillings or to imprisonment for a
term of not more than five years or to both.
Environmentalists commemorated the
Crested Cranes festival at Kikungiri primary school in Kabale municipality
on Monday. It was part of the activities held to commemorate the World Wildlife