Lake Mburo-Nakivali Wetland System

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Lake Mburo-Nakivali Wetland System

  • Country: 
    Uganda
  • Site number: 
    1634
  • Area: 
    26,834 ha
  • Designation date: 
    15-09-2006
  • Coordinates: 
    00°40'N 30°57'E
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Overview

Lake Mburo-Nakivali Wetland System. 15/09/06; Mbarara; 26,834 ha; 00°40'S 030°57'E. National Park (partly). A system of open and wooded savanna, seasonal and permanent wetlands, and five lakes, of which Lake Mburo is by far the largest. The system is a unique habitat, lying at the convergence of two biological zones, giving it very high biodiversity. It supports globally threatened species of birds such as the Papyrus Yellow Warbler and Shoebill, and provides refuge to 22 species of Palaearctic and Afro-tropical migrant birds during adverse conditions. It supports two of the endangered cichlid fish species which have gone extinct in the main lakes, and it is the only area in Uganda in which the Impala is found. The site is also of immense socio-economic value as a source of water for domestic use, livestock and wildlife; pasture for the local herds during droughts; fish; and materials for crafts and thatching. The park is also used for tourism and scientific research. Hunting, habitat destruction and over-fishing are the main threats to the area. The Wetland Inspection Division in collaboration with Uganda Wildlife Authority is to develop a management plan for the site. Ramsar site no. 1634. Most recent RIS information: 2006.

Administrative region: 
Mbarara district

  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park
  • Last publication date: 
    15-09-2006

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