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Sustainable use of papyrus saves wetlands

Date posted: 
Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Mara Wetland in Tanzania provides Papyrus producing an alternative source of income for locals. 

Papyrus products developed by the Weaver Group © Enock Kawira

The Mara Wetland in Tanzania is a swamp dominated by Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) which provides a vast range of ecosystem services. In 2017, Birdlife International through the Sustainable use of critical wetlands in the Lake Victoria Basin project, supported two local conservation groups, the North Mara and South Mara Water Users Association to establish two Weavers Groups (Marasibora and Kwisaro Weavers Groups) in an effort to advance their skills and knowledge in the development of papyrus products, which provides them with an alternative source of income. Read the full story here.

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