Conservation of wetland where rare birds breed on World Wetlands Day in Dakatcha

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The first World Wetlands day celebration in Dakatcha Woodlands was held at Arbamkenge wetland in Changoto, Kilifi County, in February. The seasonal wetland is where Clarke’s Weavers breeding area was discovered in March 2013. Clarke’s Weavers are birds that have only been seen in Dakatcha Woodland and Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

The event, which brought together conservation stakeholders, officials from the Kilifi County government and members of the community, marked a major milestone towards the conservation of this unique woodland.

“Arbamkenge wetland has been recognized internationally as an important breeding site for rare birds like Clarke’s Weavers, so the community should ensure that it is fully conserved. Other wetlands around also need to be conserved,” Kilifi County government’s Environment and Water minister Kiringi Mwachitu said while addressing community members who turned out to mark the occasion,                                 

The Environment Secretary stated that the Kilifi County government would continue supporting conservation projects that aim at improving community livelihoods, adding that Ksh. 10 million had been set aside by his government to support establishment of community tree nurseries and tree planting in April.

[Note: use this EITHER as a caption or as part of the text, thanks] The Bird Committee of Nature Kenya donated a rainwater harvesting system to Changoto Primary School to thank the community for their conservation efforts.

Changoto area, in Adu location, has a Community Conserved Area (CCA) that was set aside by the community to protect the Arbamkenge wetland as a breeding site for birds and water catchment area. The wetland is found within the Dakatcha Woodland, a designated Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA