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General Information

Country Cameroon
Latitude 4° 39' 35" (4.6598)
Longitude 9° 23' 30" (9.3919)
Lake Region Cameroon Crater Lakes


 Africa Lake Biodiversity Conservation Priorities 2003
 Lakes of West Africa

Physical Characteristics



Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management

Issues The rapid growth of the nearest town, Kumba, is considered a serious threat to the lake's health.
Other Issues Fisheries
Watershed habitat alteration

Biodiversity Conservation

Description Over 75 per cent of the fish species and approximately one-third of the aquatic insects found in the Cameroon crater lakes are endemic.
Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
WWF Global 200
Species of Concern
Endemism High



Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities

Additional Data Sources

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.
World Wildlife Fund. 2000. Global 200: A representation approach to conserving the earth's distinctive ecoregions.

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