Socio-Ecological Characterization of the values of Wetlands in Kisii Central District, Kenya
Wetlands are highly productive ecosystems, providing ecosystem services and valuable livelihood to humanity though; they continue to be degraded through draining and conversion to agricultural land. In order to manage wetlands ecosystems sustainably there is need to document and characterise ecological, sociocultural and economic values as perceived by households living at close proximity to these ecosystems. The extensive draining of wetlands for agricultural use and settlement accounts for most wetland losses because Kisii Central District is predominantly rural and agricultural area. A Multi-stage purposive sampling procedure with simple random sampling (SRS) selection will be used to identify the household units to be surveyed.10*10m Plots on a line transect will be used to sample plant species. A 0.25m2 quadrant will be used to sample seedlings and saplings in the wetlands. Sociocultural and economic data will be collected from household units. Direct interviews will be administered using structured questionnaires augmented with personal observations. The data will be analysed by descriptive and inferential statistics. This study aims to characterise and rank the values attached to wetlands, so that wetlands users can make wise decision based on reliable research information. The results of this study will contribute towards conservation of wetlands and form baseline information for future research in Kisii Central District, Kenya.
Keywords: Wetlands, Values, Ecological, Sociocultural, Economic
Researcher, Department of Environmental Science, Egerton University
Dr. Wilkister Moturi
Lecturer, Chairperson Department of Environmental Sciences, Egerton University