The Kafue Flats in Zambia, Africa: A Lost Floodplain?

  • Richard Smardon


In parts of sub-Saharan Africa, as well as South America, India, and southeast Asia, interior riverine wetlands are stressed or altered by dams and reservoir projects for hydroelectric, irrigation, and flood control “benefits” (Dugan 1988, Nelson et al. 1989, Scudder 1989). Resultant impacts from hydroelectric alteration and lack of flooding downstream affect both biodiversity and human use of floodplain wetlands for agriculture, fiber, and medicinal plant usage (Duggan 1988, Mathooko and Kariuki 2000, Tockner and Stanford 2002).


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  1. 1.College of Environmental Science and ForestryState University of New YorkSyracuseUSA

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