Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Papers submitted by participants at the conference “Science and the Sustainable Management of Shallow Tropical Waters” held at Kenya Wildlife Services Training Institute, Naivasha, Kenya, 11–16 April 1999 together with those from additional studies on the lake

  • David M. Harper
  • R. R. Boar
  • M. Everard
  • P. Hickley

Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 168)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Mark Everard, Jacqueline A. Vale, David M. Harper, Håkan Tarras-Wahlberg
    Pages 13-25
  3. Håkan Tarras-Wahlberg, Mark Everard, David M. Harper
    Pages 27-41
  4. Mark Everard, Anthony Kuria, Michael Macharia, David M. Harper, Jacqueline A. Vale
    Pages 43-55
  5. David S. Hubble, David M. Harper
    Pages 99-105
  6. C. S. Adams, R. R. Boar, D. S. Hubble, M. Gikungu, D. M. Harper, P. Hickley et al.
    Pages 115-122
  7. S. M. Gitahi, D. M. Harper, S. M. Muchiri, M. P. Tole, R. N. Ng’ang’a
    Pages 123-128
  8. Andrew C. Smart, David M. Harper, François Malaisse, Sophie Schmitz, Stephanie Coley, Anne-Christine Gouder de Beauregard
    Pages 129-142
  9. David M. Harper, Andrew C. Smart, Stephanie Coley, Sophie Schmitz, Anne-Christine Gouder de Beauregard, Rick North et al.
    Pages 143-151
  10. David M. Harper, Maureen M. Harper, Munir A. Virani, Andrew Smart, R. Brooks Childress, Rachel Adatia et al.
    Pages 171-180
  11. Phil Hickley, Roland Bailey, David M. Harper, Rodrick Kundu, Mucai Muchiri, Rick North et al.
    Pages 181-190

About this book


This is the first comprehensive study of an east African lake for thirty years. It represents the culmination of research expeditions which stretch back twenty years and is thus able to pick up long term changes which the individual research activities do not reveal. Lake Naivasha is a tropical lake whose natural fluctuations are now dwarfed by human impacts. Papers show how the irrigation for horticulture and power cooling has reduced the lake depth significantly; exotic arrivals have altered the plant community beyond recognition and its commercial value as a fishery and a tourist feature are reduced by over use. Despite this, the lake has considerable conservation value at present. It provides a different case study in the ever-growing library of the effects of human follies. Lake Naivasha has achieved global importance in the past ten years because its waters are used to sustain the largest horticultural industry in Africa. The book highlights its fragility under such pressure and points out the way towards sustainable use of the water and the ecosystem.


Biodiversity Ecology Phosphor Plankton ecosystem environment fluxes hydrology phytoplankton population structure wetland

Editors and affiliations

  • David M. Harper
    • 1
  • R. R. Boar
    • 2
  • M. Everard
    • 3
  • P. Hickley
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of LeicesterEngland
  2. 2.University of East AngliaUK
  3. 3.Environment AgencyReadingUK
  4. 4.The Environmental AgencyKidderminsterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6272-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2031-1
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