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Lake Naivasha: Experience and Lessons Learned Brief (Lake Basin Management Initiative). 2005. (1.4 MB)

Lake Naivasha (Figure 1) is a shallow basin lake, situated 80 km northwest of Nairobi in the Kenyan Rift Valley. The recent developments around the lake constitute an interesting case for natural resource management that is discussed in this brief. The lake contains freshwater supporting a rich ecosystem, with hundreds of bird species, papyrus fringes filled with hippos, riparian grass lands where waterbuck, giraffe, zebra and various antelopes graze, dense patches of riparian acacia forest with buffaloes, bushbuck and other creatures, beautiful swampy areas where waterfowl breed and feed and, at the same time, magnificent views of the nearby volcanoes. Local fishermen depend on the lake for fish and crayfish. Although the lake is situated in a semi-arid zone, after the rainy seasons, the fragile soils of the surrounding hills and the valley bottom produce grass where the pastoral Maasai bring their herds for dry-weather grazing, thereby depending on the lake and its various watering points. Main_LBMI_report--http://www.iwlearn.net/publications/ll/lbmi_main_report_2005.pdf/view Original_LBMI_website--http://www.ilec.or.jp/eg/lbmi/index.htm

1665: Towards a Lake Basin Management Initiative and a Contribution to the Third World Water Forum: Sharing Experiences and Early Lessons in GEF and non-GEF Lake Basin Management Projects

30 Nov 2010

Lake Naivasha: Experience and Lessons Learned Brief (Lake Basin Management Initiative). 2005. (1.4 MB).pdf

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