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Title:Conservation, ecology, and management of African fresh waters
Editor:Crisman, Thomas L.
City of publisher:Gainesville
Publisher:University Press of Florida
ISBN:0813025974; 0813026008
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:water management
Abstract:This collective volume uses an integrative approach that links social and natural sciences to synthesize the current state of knowledge on aquatic conservation and management issues in African fresh waters. The two chapters of Part 1 are concerned with the paleoecology of inland waters and landscape histories over a millennial time scale. Part 2 contains five chapters providing a series of geographically oriented perspectives that review emerging water management issues and conservation challenges in major regions of the continent (Ethiopia, West Africa, southern Africa, East Africa and Madagascar). These chapters take an interdisciplinary approach linking human needs and activities to aquatic ecosystem change, water availability and biodiversity loss. Part 3 contains nine chapters on major aquatic ecosystems in Africa, processes that define systems, and emerging water management issues (such as the Aswan High Dam in Egypt), paying attention to fishes and fisheries (amongst others in Lake Victoria). Management issues include changes in trophic state, overexploitation, deforestation, sedimentation, hydrodevelopment, genetic and species diversity and loss thereof, and wetland degradation. Part 4 (five chapters) focuses on human dimensions of aquatic conservation and management in Africa, paying attention to land use issues, ecotourism in wetlands of Botswana, fisheries in national parks in Uganda, and the onchocerciasis control programme of West Africa. Contributors: Jacques J.M. van Alphen, John S. Balirwa, Mark T. Brown, Andres Buenfil, Fred W.B. Bugenyi, Davide Calamari, Lauren J. Chapman, Colin A. Chapman, Thomas L. Crisman, Jenny Day, Paul Fuerst, Christopher Gordon, William R. Harding, Robert K. Hitchcock, Les S. Kaufman, Daniel A. Livingstone, Della E. McMillan, Arthur R. Mugisha, Michael Murray-Hudson, Wilson Mwanja, Peter N. Reinthal, Karen J. Riseng, Peter Schmidt, Ole Seehausen, Scot E. Smith, John S. Sparks, Jeff E. Thornton, Robin L. Welcomme, Frans Witte, and Gebre-Mariam Zinabu. [ASC Leiden abstract]