|Central coordinates||33o 25.00' East 1o 15.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description This site, the Nakuwa area, is in the south-eastern part of the Kyoga system, which is an important natural water reservoir for the Nile. It includes Lakes Nawampasa, Budipa, Nkodokodo and Murlu, as well as swamps in the east, and the northern swamps of Lakes Nakuwa and Kyebiseke. The swamps are predominantly dense papyrus Cyperus papyrus, broken in parts by pools of water forming sudds (clumps of floating papyrus). Sometimes these sudds open up completely, forming small lakes. Some lakes, like Nawampasa, are very shallow and covered by water-lilies Nymphaea, with short sedges (dominated by Cyperus) occupying the drier parts of the fringing papyrus swamp. These shallow areas are important for both waterbirds and surrounding fishing communities
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Shoebill Balaeniceps rex||resident||-||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Papyrus Gonolek Laniarius mufumbiri||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A3||Near Threatened|
|Carruthers's Cisticola Cisticola carruthersi||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-winged Scrub-warbler Bradypterus carpalis||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Papyrus Yellow Warbler Chloropeta gracilirostris||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A3||Vulnerable|
|Sharpe's Pied-babbler Turdoides sharpei||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|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|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Lake Nakuwa Wetland System||Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)||91,150||protected area contains site||16,500|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||80%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Mammals include otters and Tragelaphus spekii (LR/nt). Some of the small lakes in the Kyoga area support rare species of fish, including some that were exterminated in Lakes Victoria and Kyoga by the introduced and predatory Lates niloticus.
References Burgis and Symoens (1987).
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