Mr Paul Mafabi has been involved in wetland management for the last 16 years and has spearheaded the development of the Uganda National Wetlands Policy the first of its kind in Africa. His work has raised the profile of wetlands in Uganda from being considered as wastelands to important natural resources for national development and poverty reduction.
Mr Mafabi rose from the level of Project Manager in 1989 to Assistant Commissioner for wetlands in 1999. During his tenure as Assistant Commissioner, he helped to establish the Wetlands Inspection Division from scratch and steered the Division towards the adoption of a 10 year Wetlands Sector Strategic Plan (2001-2010). This resulted in the inclusion of wetlands in the Poverty Action Fund as the first natural resource to benefit from this competitive funding source. Mr Paul has had international exposure through participation as Vice Chair of the Standing Committee of the RAMSAR Convention on wetlands from 1999 to 2002. He has also served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Wetlands International from 2001 and Regional Vice Chair and Special Advisor for IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management. He successfully coordinated the ninth Ramsar Conference of the Parties in 2005 and was subsequently selected as the Chair to the RAMSAR Convention Standing Committee for 2006-2008. He is now the Director of Environment at the Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda