EAWLS partners with BirdLife International in Protecting Lake Ol Bolosat
The East African Wild Life Society has received funding from BirdLife International through the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) to implement a project designed to strengthen environmental regulations to safeguard Lake Ol Bolossat.
The project will highlight the challenges facing the lake, including quarrying and the effects of road upgrade projects that result in siltation and degradation of the ecosystems around the lake.
Lake Ol Bolossat is a designated Important Bird Area (IBA), a unique ecosystem containing a variety of habitats. The lake is home to several species of Palearctic and Afrotropical migrant water birds, some of which are rated as rare and/or threatened. They include the endangered Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) and the near threatened Jackson’s Widowbird (Euplectes jacksoni) and hippos. The lake’s catchment area and basin are important for local and national socio-economic development, especially agriculture.
There are several environmental issues in the catchment areas arising from human activities and land use changes that threaten to disrupt the ecological integrity of the lake, they include deforestation, disruption of the hydrological balance, pollution, waste disposal, land degradation, erosion and siltation.
EAWLS will bring together the National Government, Nyandarua County Government and the communities to develop a joint action plan and monitoring programme to address the conservation challenges that have been identified. At the end of the project implementation period, EAWLS aims to see environmental safeguards in place and integrated into the Nyandarua County Integrated Plan for sustainable management of the lake.