Tuesday, June 10, 2008

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Lake Sibaya

South Africa
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Lake Sibaya is narrowly separated from the sea by a range of high forested coastal dunes. The lake is home to large hippopotamus and crocodile populations, although their numbers have dropped over the last fifteen years due principally to poaching. The lakeshore is also home to the only known population of a rare climbing orchid. There has been an increase in cultivation of marginal lands around Lake Sibaya. Agriculture in the lake catchment and along its drainage lines may cause erosion, eutrophication, pollution, and the drying up of wetlands around the lake raising concerns among environmentalists. Although Lake Sibaya has been designated a wetland of international importance, there has been little effort by communities around the lake to practice sustainable management or to protect the rare species found in the region. View detailed information

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