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Uganda | Community conservation agreements help stem worrisome declines of grey crowned cranes

KABALE DISTRICT, Uganda — Ten years ago, grey crowned cranes (Balearica regulorum) had become a rare sight along the highway connecting the Ugandan capital, Kampala, to Rwanda. Across the birds’ entire range in East and Southern Africa, the cranes’ populations had declined steeply. But efforts to restore their wetland habitats in Uganda are succeeding, and birds and local communities alike are benefiting.

Jimmy Muhozi Muhebwa first surveyed Uganda’s grey crowned crane population between 2001 and 2003 as research for his Masters thesis.

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