Increasing ecological degradation of the wetland ecosystems to create land for agriculture and other human activities has put thousands of water snails at risk of extinction in the Palisa district.
The assistant environment officer Palisa district, Abraham Omasai notes that ten years down the road Palisa district had a total wetland cover of 66km2 and 265 km2 of permanent and seasonal wetlands respectively.
Omasai adds that each time the water dries up the ecosystem in such wetlands like the snails, fish and birds among others die except for a few that can migrate.
Omasai reveals that the over degradation of the upland has currently made a number of farmers to resort to cultivating the wetlands as the only available fertile land for agriculture.
Wetlands support a variety of carnivores, including snails, dragonflies, otters, alligators and osprey thus maintaining biologically diverse communities of ecological and economic value.