The sustainability of many lake ecosystems in the world including Lake Babati is threatened
by the ongoing degradation due to anthropogenic activities. A study was carried out to
assess the effect of anthropogenic activities on the degradation of Lake Babati shores based on
specific objectives: (1) to identify institutions and institutional arrangements responsible
on the management of lake ecosystem, (2) to identify drivers leading to the lake shores
degradation, (3) to assess the extent of lakeshores degradation, and (4) to assess mitigation
measures being implemented for sustainable management of Lake Babati shores.
Structured questionnaires were enumerated among 90 respondents selected randomly from
five villages surrounding Lake Babati. The questionnaire survey was coupled with two
focus group discussion (FGD) sessions each comprising 9 participants. Lake shore
degradation was assessed from satellite imageries generated from GPS coordinates and
quantitative data on lake shores degradation were processed into Arc GIS 3.2a.
Qualitative data on questionnaire survey were analyzed into simple descriptive statistics
using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 16.0. Identified main drivers
associated with degradation of the Lake Babati shores include non-environmental friendly
agricultural practices such as vegetable growing and uphill cultivation (56.6%),
deforestation (10%), expansion of the lake shores due to establishment of human
settlements (8.9%). Other drivers associated to degradation of Lake Babati shores include
illegal fishing (7.8%), oil and petroleum spillage from car washing (6.7%) uncontrolled
bush fires (5.6%), livestock grazing and cutting of grass fodder (4.4%). Extent of Lake
Babati shores degradation was estimated at 1,410 ha equivalent to 8% of the area
degraded. Sustainability of the Lake Babati ecosystem is threatened by the ongoing
siltation mainly due to poor land use management practices
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