The African Great Lakes ecosystems span nearly a million square kilometers across 11 countries. The region holds one third of the world's freshwater supply and 10 percent of its fish species. It supports 50 million people through the services nature provides, including drinking water, fish protein, employment, and transportation.
But overfishing, rapid population growth, climate change, pollution, and weak resource governance institutions are threatening the ecological stability of the lakes and the livelihoods of the people who depend on them.
This multimedia project examines the problems and the solutions of the regional management of Africa’s Great Lakes basin.
- Environmental Consequences of Fishing with Bednets (EN)
- Environmental Consequences of Fishing with Bednets (FR)
- A way of life under threat in Kenya as Lake Turkana shrinks (EN)
- Illegal Fishing Threatens Great Lakes of Africa (EN)