Saturday, 26 July 2008

Lake shores on cleaned

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Joas Kaijage in Bukoba

Communities in Kagera region have embarked on a weeklong cleanup campaign on the shores of Lake Victoria. Local fishermen, students and other people sharing the lake's resources took part in the environmental cleanup.

It has been launched by the East African Communities for Management of Lake Victoria Resources (Ecovic) amid growing concerns over rising environmental degradation on the waters and shores of the lake.

Despite a number of awareness campaigns, fishing communities in the region have not refrained from environmentally unfriendly practices on the lake's shores. Some fishermen defecate on the waters and shores of Lake Victoria since there are no toilets along most of its catchment areas where they operate.

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