National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) inspectors have commenced the restoration of the Kanyabukanja – Katara wetland system in Buhweju district, a major catchment source of River Rwizi.

Over 300 Hectares of the wetland system was recently encroached by over 100 families who among others dug up channels to drain the wetland and had established cattle farms, planted eucalyptus trees and occupied the rest with food crop gardens.

The Inspectors backed by the Environmental Protection Force (EPF) carried out evictions with the restoration process including the removal of alien crops from the wetland and planting of papyrus in degraded areas.

Using a combination of rocks and steel, check dams were erected at sites where drainage channels had been dug to drain the wetland.