Uganda boasts a number of wetlands that have been listed as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar convention.
All these sites are recognized by BirdLife International as Important Bird Areas as well as providing a vital habitat for other threatened plants and animals
This unique habitat lies at the convergence of two biological zones, giving it very high biodiversity.
It supports globally threatened species of birds such as the Papyrus Yellow Warbler and Shoebill, and two of the endangered cichlid fish species which have become extinct in the main lakes.
It is the only area in Uganda in which the impala is found.
The site stretches from the top of Murchison Falls to the delta at its confluence with Lake Albert. The delta forms a shallow area that is important for water birds, especially the shoebill, pelicans, darters & various heron species. It is also an important spawning & breeding ground for Lake Albert fisheries, containing indigenous fish species, & it forms a feeding and watering refuge for wildlife during dry seasons.