Effects of land use practices on namulonge wetland cover, Wakiso district, central Uganda.
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Wetlands are amongst the most productive ecosystems in Sub-Saharan Africa; because of their capacity to store, distribute, filter and gradually release large quantities of fresh water stock. However, there has been unsustainable use ofNamulonge wetland due to uncontrolled land use practices resulting into its degradation. This is likely to lead to low crop yields, high cost of agricultural production and reduction in fish stock hence hastening food insecurity and threatening ecological systems in the catchment. Therefore, the main objective of the study is to assess the effects ofland use practices on Namulonge wetland cover, Wakiso District, Central-Uganda. Specific objectives include; to investigate the various land use practices carried out in Namulonge wetland; to analyze the trends in wetland cover from1983 -2013; to evaluate effects of each land use practice on wetland cover. To achieve these objectives, a cross sectional data on land use practices will be collected from 80 households who will be purposively sampled from a total of 424 households using questionnaires. Step-wise regression model will be used to analyse data on the various land use practices carried out in Namulonge wetland. A trend analysis will be done for objective two over the longer term covering Namulonge wetland. Wetland loss and gain will be quantified by computerized (GIS) analysis. Statistical Package for Social Sciences and Microsoft Excel software will be used to draw tables, charts and graphs for analysis. The findings will be presented as tables, charts and graphs from which inferential conclusions will be drawn. The study will provide information that will guide on wetland use, thus adding value to knowledge sharing initiatives within the sub-catchment in the field of wetland conservation studies. Also, the study will provide information about wetland functions and values to sustainably use them to support people's livelihoods