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Bird habitats in East Africa under threat as pressure on land rises

East Africa’s economy is largely driven by environmental resources, mainly in the agricultural and tourism sectors. Therefore, failure to avert the destruction of IBAs spells doom for the region’s development agenda, and the future of its citizens.

Environmentalists across East Africa are concerned about the rapid destruction of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) or habitats that are of immense value to the region as pressure on land rises. The 2011 Report on the IBA Status and Trends in Uganda showed that Lutembe Bay Wetland located on the shores of Lake Victoria is the most affected in the country.

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