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Africa's Lakes
Atlas of Our Changing Environment
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Increasing concern as to how human activities impact Africa's lakes has led to documentation and quantification of the lakes and the environmental changes taking place. Through a combination of ground photographs, current and historical satellite images, and narrative based on extensive scientific evidence, this publication illustrates how humans have altered their surroundings and continue to make observable and measurable changes to Africa's lakes and their environment.


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AFRICA'S LAKES
Chapter 3 - Lake Djoudj
30 Sep 1979 image 04 Nov 1999 image
Lake Djoudj, Senegal
Situated in the Senegal river delta, the Djoudj Sanctuary is a wetland of 16 000 ha, comprising a large lake, referred to as Lake Djoudj in this publication, surrounded by streams, ponds and backwaters. These two images show the Djoudj Sanctuary before and after the construction of the Diama Dam. The image from September 1979 shows the impact of drought on the Djoudj Sanctuary, while the image from November 1999 shows rejuvenation of the sanctuary wetlands due to the significant floods of that year. The two images vividly depict the impact of climate variability on the Djoudj Sanctuary‹and demonstrate the broader need for close monitoring of the impacts of climate variability and climate change on lake environments.
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