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Lake Victoria - Damaged Natural Resource

Photographer: Stephen Morrison


The ecological health of Lake Victoria has been damaged. Many factors have contributed to this such as rapidly growing population, clearance of natural vegetation along the shores, a booming fish-export industry, the disappearance of several fish species native to the lake, prolific growth of algae, and dumping of untreated effluent by several industries, towns and villages along its shores. Much of the damage is vast and irreversible. Traditional lifestyles of lakeshore communities have been disrupted.


There is a consensus among scientists that if an accelerated push to save the lake is not made soon, this much-needed body of water will cease to sustain life. As leaders meet in Copenhagen to discuss climate change Africa will argue for money from the west to help adapt to and hopefully reverse some of the ecological problems on the continent.