Lake Victoria is one of the highlights of Mwanza Region in Tanzania. The second-largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Victoria is shared by Uganda and Kenya along with Tanzania. This reporter visited the shores of the Lake in Nyamagana District, Mwanza Region, where waste is rampant. Fishermen blame the problem on poor management of trash.
Kasese communities in western Uganda face increasing danger from floods. The level of risk is more closely tied to their proximity with River Nyamwamba, which bursts its banks almost annually, displacing communities.
Water hyacinth (known as enboch to locals) is a perennial, free-floating aquatic plant, with unique qualities: The weed is one of the top ten invasive species in the world, given its extremely quick expansion rate of doubling its biomass every five days.
In Uganda’s southwestern district of Kasese, floods rip through valleys, creating paths of destruction almost every year, leaving communities displaced and in dire need of food, shelter, and safety.
The climate situation has become more dire. Even if countries meet their current commitments under the Paris Agreement, that would still likely lead to warming of well over 2 degrees Celsius, a level predicted to be catastrophic for human civilization.