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Sigwe Wetland Rehabilitation Project

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Sigwe Wetland Rehabilitation Project
Belusile Mhlanga, RCE Swaziland
8th African RCE Meeting
8-10 August, 2018, Zomba, Malawi

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Sigwe Wetland Rehabilitation Project

  1. 1. Sigwe Wetland Rehabilitation Project by Belusile Mhlanga-RCE -ESWATINI
  2. 2. Presentation Outline • RCE- Eswatini in a nutshell • Key Partners • Sigwe Wetland Rehabilitation Project
  3. 3. RCE- Eswatini in a nutshell • RCE Swaziland is currently a virtual entity, rather than an established organization,  Key activities on sustainable development and environment include: • Public awareness, participation and access to information; training and capacity building; • Collaborative research; • Curriculum reform
  4. 4. Key Partners • Eswatini Environment Authority • University of Eswatini (UNESWA) • National Curriculum Centre (NCC) • Swaziland National Trust Commission • Matsapha Municipal Council
  5. 5. Sigwe Wetland Rehabilitation Project It’s a community driven project with finance from the National Environment Fund, and technical expertise from SEA and other RCE members Procedure: • Community formed a committee to drive the rehabilitation process • They get a letter of approval to implement the project from their Chiefdom • There is a form that the committee fills detailing the project Implementation process • Costing of the project is done with assistance from • technical experts from the RCE
  6. 6. Why Protect the wetlands • To prevent livestock overgrazing and trampling thus allowing the monitoring of wetland use and access through proper community management structures. • Allows for local communities collective responsibility towards the day to day management of the wetland and reporting to the local governance ‘umphakatsi’.
  7. 7. Community members at work-Fencing of the degraded wetland
  8. 8. BEFORE AFTER
  9. 9. Economic value of the wetland • The wetland covers about 1.82 hectares and with has a perimeter of about 0.62 km. • It comprises of a marsh dominated by Cyperus latifolius (Likhwane). • At the mouth of the wetland, there is a pond and communal vegetable gardens where households grow vegetable crops such as cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, beetroot, spinach and onionand using water as intermediate good for vegetable production. • There are also medicinal plants Diversified livelihoods for the community
  10. 10. Monitoring of the project is even done by Executive Members of the Eswatini Environment Authority
  11. 11. Equitable and controlled harvesting of the wetland resources
  12. 12. Value addition and use of simple and appropriate technology
  13. 13. Beneficiaries of the the project
  14. 14. Other products made from the wetland resources
  15. 15. Challenges unplanned washing of clothes inside the wetland may alter the hydrological functioning of the wetland over time leading to modification and degradation
  16. 16. Eswatini Environment Authority P.O Box 2602 MbabaneH100 Email:belusile@sea.org.sz Tel: +268 2404 6960Fax:+268 2404 1719 Mobile: +268 78060233 RCE - ESWATINI

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