By Melvine Otieno

Climate change could not be more real at the Lake Victoria Basin. Negative impacts arising from the management of catchment are clear and they play out right before our eyes at the lake’s ecosystem. The intensive land use as the community’s sole source of income leads to clearance of new sensitive land ( steep slope conserved forest) which makes the land more vulnerable to degradation and overuse. Long-term mono-cropping is evident, leading to the depletion of nutrients from soil. Lake Victoria’s water level has risen highly as a result of the continuous land-use changes caused by the…

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