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General Information

Description Lake George, in the southwest of Uganda, lies directly on the equator.
Country Uganda
Latitude 0° 0' 0" (-0.0000)
Longitude 30° 12' 29" (30.2082)


 Lake George locator map
 Lakes of East Africa
 Africa Lake Biodiversity Conservation Priorities 2003

Physical Characteristics

Description Lake George is fed by numerous rivers, mainly from the North. These rivers enter the lake through extensive permanent swamps.
Volume 0.80 km3
Surface Area 260.00 km2
Depth Mean depth: 2.5 m
Maximum depth: 4.0 m
Residence Time 0.3 years
Trophic State Eutrophic
Type Fresh
Catchment Catchment size: 9,700.00 km2
Catchment/surface area ratio: 37:1


Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management

Description In early 2003, stakeholders at Lake George formed the Lake George Integrated Management Organization (LAGBIMO). Establishment of the group was facilitated by three cooperating local governments around the lake and included all stakeholders in lake fisheries from the eight landing site communities around the lake.

A four-year project named "Integrated Lake Management" aims to sustain and improve the livelihoods of fishing communities around both Lake George and Lake Kyoga, which together account for almost one quarter of Uganda’s fishing catch, by supporting communities to better manage their fisheries resources in co-operation with local government. The project is managed as a partnership between a lead organisation, Marine Resources Assessment Group Ltd (MRAG) and CARE International (Uganda), and it is implemented through the Ministry of Local Government.

Watershed Action Plan Implementation underway
Other Issues Erosion
Nutrient pollution
Specific Contaminants Mining

Biodiversity Conservation

Description Approximately 75% of the lakeshore lies within the Queen Elizabeth Protected Area, under the stewardship of the Uganda Wildlife Authority. While national park status offers some protection of lake resources, equitable management that incorporates local needs is essential.
Designations Biosphere Reserve
LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
Ramsar Site
WWF Global 200
Species of Concern

LakeNet Programs

LBMI Regional Experience Sharing and Review Workshop for Africa


Lake George Experiences and Lessons Learned (PDF)  Thematic review. Draft. English. 11/6/2003.


Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities
ILEC Database
Integrated Lake Management


1/31/2005 - Anthrax Kills 18 Hippos in Ugandan National Park

Additional Data Sources

Birkett, C., and I. Mason. 1995. A new global lakes database for remote sensing programme studying climatically sensitive large lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 21 (3) 307-318.
Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.
International Lake Environment Committee, the United Nations Environment Program and Environment Agency, Government of Japan. 1997. World Lakes Database.

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