|Central coordinates||34o 0.00' East 0o 53.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3, A4i|
|Altitude||1,100 - 1,220m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Most of the Doho Rice Scheme in eastern Uganda was formerly a seasonal wetland on the River Manafwa flood-plain. Doho Rice Scheme is an area of intensive irrigated rice cultivation with adjacent areas of natural wetland, mainly in the south. The swamps immediately to the north of the scheme have also been drained for rice-growing by independent farmers referred to as ‘outgrowers’. The swamps to the north form part of the Lake Kyoga complex. All of the rice-fields have irrigation channels which supply water to the rice-paddies from River Manafwa. Rice cultivation has not destroyed the wetland, but has changed the character and flora of most of the area from a natural ecosystem to a managed artificial environment. The remaining natural vegetation consists of reeds Phragmites, floating grass Vossia and various species of sedge (Cyperaceae), including papyrus Cyperus papyrus. Wet grasslands dominate seasonal swamps.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus||winter||-||1,420 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis||winter||-||680 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola||winter||-||13,400 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Papyrus Gonolek Laniarius mufumbiri||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A3||Near Threatened|
|White-winged Scrub-warbler Bradypterus carpalis||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Papyrus Yellow Warbler Chloropeta gracilirostris||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Vulnerable|
|Red-chested Sunbird Nectarinia erythrocerca||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Northern Brown-throated Weaver Ploceus castanops||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Papyrus Canary Serinus koliensis||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||36%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity The ungulate Tragelaphus spekii (LR/nt) is known from the swamps, where it is hunted by the surrounding communities.
References Arinaitwe (1992), Arinaitwe and Byaruhanga (1995), Dodman and Taylor (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997), Gumonye-Mafabi (1991), Kigoolo (1995), Scott (1994)
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