Africa Lake Biodiversity Conservation Priorities Legend

NAME MAP ID COUNTRY
   
Etosha Pan, Lake Oponono and Cuvelai drain 1 NAMIBIA
Lac Tonga 2 ALGERIA
Lac des Oiseaux, ou Garaet et Touyour 3 ALGERIA
Chott El Hodna 4 ALGERIA
La Vallée d'Iherir 5 ALGERIA
La Mare d'Oursi 6 BURKINA FASO
La Mare aux hippopotames 7 BURKINA FASO
Chad 8 CHAD, NIGER
Parc national des Virunga 9 CONGO (DRC)
Bardawil 10 EGYPT
Petit Loango 11 GABON
Songor Lagoon 12 GHANA
Nakuru 13 KENYA
Naivasha 14 KENYA
Bogoria 15 KENYA
Baringo 16 KENYA
Complexe des lacs de Manambolomaty 17 MADAGASCAR
Chilwa 18 MALAWI, TANZANIA, MOZAMBIQUE
St. Lucia System 19 SOUTH AFRICA
Sibaya 20 SOUTH AFRICA
Natron 21 TANZANIA, KENYA
Ichkeul 22 TUNISIA
Cameroon Crater Lakes 23 CAMEROON
Dziani Boundouni 24 COMOROS
Elementeita 25 KENYA
Eyasi 26 TANZANIA
George 27 UGANDA, CONGO
Kivu 28 RWANDA, CONGO
Magadi 29 KENYA
Malawi (Nyasa) 30 MALAWI, TANZANIA, MOZAMBIQUE
Manyara 31 TANZANIA
Tana 32 ETHIOPIA
Tanganyika 33 BURUNDI, CONGO (DRC), TANZANIA, ZAMBIA
Turkana 34 KENYA, TANZANIA, UGANDA
Victoria 35 KENYA, TANZANIA, UGANDA
Rukwa 36 TANZANIA
Edward 37 UGANDA, CONGO
Djoudj 38 SENEGAL
Verlorenvlei 39 SOUTH AFRICA
Tsimanampetsotsa 40 MADAGASCAR
Bangweulu 41 ZAMBIA

    Based on L. Duker (2003) Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes (revised)

    In 2001, as part of “Report Series 2: Biodiversity Conservation of the World’s Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities”,  LakeNet identified 250 lakes in 73 countries as initial priorities for biodiversity conservation based on available data on fish, mollusc, crab, shrimp, and bird biodiversity supported by each lake, and the rarity of certain representative types of lakes.  Identified lakes are both fresh and saline, permanent and seasonal, natural and man-made. 
    LakeNet’s Africa Lake Biodiversity Conservation Priorities are based on a 2003 revision (still in progress) of the initial list of 250 priority lakes based on feedback and newly available information from the Ramsar Bureau, LakeNet’s global network of individual and organizations in over 90 countries, and other reliable sources.  The 2003 revision seeks to begin to rectify the bias in the first study toward European lakes (where more key lakes have been added to Ramsar) and the relative dearth of highly biodiverse lakes in developing countries due to insufficient biodiversity data.