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Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 77, Issue 2, pp 121–138 | Cite as

Some Issues of Environmental Concern in Kampala, the Capital City of Uganda

  • Samuel Vivian Matagi
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Abstract

Kampala, the capital city of Uganda is the administrative, political, commercial, industrial, educational and cultural centre of Uganda. The city has an area of 190 km2 and is located 8 km north of Lake Victoria (the second largest fresh water lake in the world) and approximately 42 km north of the equator. The population varies from about 1.2 million during the day to perhaps 0.9 million at night. The anthropogenic activityof this population far exceeds the infrastructure capacity of the city, leading to the deterioration of the urban environment. This article highlights the major sources of environmental degradation and pollution in the city, which include solid waste,abattoir waste, sewage, sanitation, drainage, industrial pollution, traffic pollution, atmospheric pollution, urban agriculture, rapid urbanisation and water hyacinth.

Kampala City pollution urban environment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel Vivian Matagi
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  1. 1.Central LaboratoryNational Water and Sewerage CorporationKampalaUganda

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