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Wetlands Programme

Kenya became a party to the Ramsar Convention in 1989 and designated Lake Nakuru as the first Ramsar site. The country is obliged to this convention, with KWS being the Government Ramsar implementing agency. The KWS Wetland Programme started in 1991 and has been instrumental in spear heading major wetland conservation initiatives in Kenya. These efforts have ensured development of a national wetlands policy, listing of Lake Bogoria as the third Ramsar site in Kenya, and development of an integrated management plan for Lake Nakuru national park and its catchment.


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The programme consists of two components, the Wetlands project and the Training project. The Wetlands project has two components, the Terrestrial Wetland component and Coastal and Marine Wetland component. All programme activities share common objectives and are interdependent in nature.

The overall goal of the wetland programme is to promote conservation and management of wetlands in Kenya for socio-economic development through sustainable utilisation. This goal will be achieved through the following objectives-

  • To contribute to the formulation of a National Wetlands Policy that aims at promoting conservation and wise use of Wetlands in the country.
  • To help in creating and promoting education and awareness at all levels of society, especially among government departments, policy and decision-makers, developers, land owners and local communities.
  • To strengthen the capacity of KWS and other institutions that work in the field of Wetlands conservation.
  • To promote better understanding and appreciation of the functions and values of Wetlands through research and monitoring
  • To contribute to improvement of the actual management of Wetlands within protected areas and beyond.
  • Support community conservation initiatives by provision of technical support, linkages and mobilisation
  • Develop integrated management plans and support the implementation of these plans for key and important wetlands in Kenya.
  • Promote national and international collaborations for Wetlands conservation in Kenya

In line with the above objectives, the following routine activities are carried out:

  • Support of Wetlands inventory and database development.
  • Support to Wetlands research and monitoring
  • Support Wetlands education and awareness
  • Support development of management plans for Wetlands areas.
  • Support training of Wetlands managers, researchers, developers and users.
  • Support development of the National Wetlands Policy
  • Building of collaborations for Wetlands conservation in Kenya.
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