DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua)
-- A senior Tanzanian
government official on Sunday voiced concerns over Lake
Manyara’s diminishing water levels, calling for more
efforts to save the key tourist attraction from drying
Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and
Tourism Gaudence Milanzi said a balance between wildlife
conservation and human activities should be achieved as
water level in the lake, which is home to flamingoes and
hippopotamus, continued to diminish at an alarming rate.
Manyara National Park is drying up fast, at 5 percent
every year, caused by human activities,” Milanzi told 13
permanent secretaries from different ministries on a
visit to Lake Manyara National Park to assess the
effects of human activities on the lake.
calls for the attention of more than one ministry,” he
said. “That is why we have come together to find ways of
saving the lake.”
each of the 13 ministries has a role to play in saving
the lake, which is home to a diverse set of landscapes
Kiwango, an ecologist with Lake Manyara National Park,
said water level in the lake has dropped from 20 meters
to 5 centimeters over the years.
actually drive across the lake,” she said.
Kiwango, the effects of human activities in the lake
have resulted in the disappearance of some water
species, including the flamingoes.
situation inside the lake has also made it difficult for
the survival of the hippopotamus, Kiwango added.