The eastern Africa flamingo Lakes: Building partnerships for sustainable resource management
Raini, Jackson A.
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The saline alkaline lakes of the Eastern Africa Rift Valley 'Flamingo Lakes' support diverse biological resources that are of global, regional, national and local importance. These lakes form the center piece of some of the world renowned national parks and conservation areas and are major feeding, staging and displaying ground for the region's Lesser flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor), Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) and for over 70 species of water birds. Unsustainable land use practices within the basins of these lakes during the last four decades have adversely affected the environment in many ways. Notable among the effects are the diminishing forested areas, rampant soil erosion, waste disposal problems and deterioration in catchment water quality. In view of these threats, the main challenges confronting conservation are; to reduce extreme poverty, maintain the vitality and integrity of the watersheds, restore ground cover to the extent possible under existing land use regim.....
JournalProceedings of the 11th World Lakes Conference - Volume 2
Spatial CoverageAfrica, East, Great Lakes
Conference Name11th World Lakes Conference
Conference PlaceNairobi (Kenya)
CitationOdada, Eric & Olago, Daniel O. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 11th World Lakes Conference: vol. 2. p. 276-281
- Conference Papers