Thursday, 31 May 2012

Cattle Degrading Queen Elizabeth Park

Kasese district leaders have expressed concern over the rate at which a cattle grazing is being carried out in parts of the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The leaders said the number of livestock is steadily increasing, with the owners practising freelance grazing. They said the practice has started to degrade the park.

The leaders raised the concerns during a stakeholders’ workshop to draft a five-year management plan for Lake Munyanyange. They attributed the increased cattle grazing to the depletion of some key natural resources like the salt at Lake Katwe. “People have lost the salt-mining business and we are worried that they will turn to the national park, which is likely to hinder tourism in the future.”

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