A Lake to Serve: The Exploration, Modification, and Degradation of Lake Victoria, 1920s to 1960s

@article{Breitinger2021ALT,
  title={A Lake to Serve: The Exploration, Modification, and Degradation of Lake Victoria, 1920s to 1960s},
  author={Jan C. Breitinger},
  journal={The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History},
  year={2021},
  volume={50},
  pages={144 - 184}
}
  • Jan C. Breitinger
  • Published 24 November 2021
  • Environmental Science
  • The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
ABSTRACT Over the course of the twentieth century, Lake Victoria faced an unprecedented decline: From a symbol of biodiversity, Africa’s largest lake evolved into a highly degraded habitat. What were the underlying mechanisms of this? Common explanations focus on the introduction of the Nile perch in the 1950s and 1960s and the consequential damage to the lake. This article argues, however, that this introduction must be read against the background of the long-term schemes of resource… 

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