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East African Rift Valley Lakes – GIWA Regional assessment 47

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Global International Waters Assessment
East African Rift Valley Lakes, GIWA Regional assessment 47
University of Kalmar on behalf of United Nations Environment Programme
Publication date
June, 2006 (This report has been revised and updated since its first publication 2003)
Odada, E.O., Olago, D., Kulindwa, K.A.A., Bugenyi, F., West, K., Ntiba, M., Wandiga, S. and J. Karimumuryango
Available formats
Hard copy (paperback), Electronically (PDF)
This report presents the assessment of Lakes Turkana, Tanganyika, Victoria and Malawi – the largest of the East African Rift Valley Lakes and among the oldest lakes in the world. The lakes are renowned for their high endemism and support a vital socio-economic service as a core for transportation, water supply, fisheries, recreation and tourism. Anthropogenic impacts have significantly altered the ecosystem function of these lakes. Lake Victoria, shared by three countries and influenced by two more in the catchment area, was targeted for causal chain and policy option analysis. Root causes related to pollution and overexploitation are discussed and policy options to address the driving issues are presented.

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Front cover (255 Kb)
Contents (67 Kb)
Executive summary (46 Kb)
Abbreviations and acronyms (44 Kb)
Regional definition (4 580 Kb)
Assessment (1 419 Kb)
Causal chain analysis (313 Kb)
Policy options (147 Kb)
References (162 Kb)
Annexes (319 Kb)
Global International Waters Assessment (828 Kb)
GIWA Methodology (193 Kb)
Back cover (794 Kb)

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