Today is World Environment Day, and we want to highlight the importance of wetlands.
Wetlands are vital ecosystems for countless of species and are among the world’s most productive environments. The properties of wetlands serve as Ecosystem services ranging from freshwater supply to climate change mitigation.
Wetlands are sensitive to atmospheric disturbances, and the ecosystem services that many livelihoods depend on are threatened.
90% of all UN member states have ratified the Ramsar Convention, which provides the framework for the conservation and wise-use of wetlands and their resources.
We are part of a project led by the Ramsar Center for Eastern Africa (RAMCEA), setting out to explore the potential of Earth Observation satellite data for taking stock of and monitoring wetlands.
The project has demonstrated how Earth Observation can support wetland monitoring in Uganda and with continued training sessions can become a valuable tool for wetland managers and practitioners, not only in Uganda, but potentially also paving the way for other East African countries to achieve a complete wetland inventory in the future.