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Shrinking lake in Mali spells end of line for family of fishermen

Updated : 2019-12-03 11:55:19

Lake Wegnia, or Lac Wegnia in French, is located in the Sahel region of Koulikoro, around 120 km north of the capital Bamako. Some 12,000 people including fishermen, farmers and herders depend on it for food, water and income, while its freshwaters and marshes also contain rich biodiversity. But as temperatures rise, evaporation increases and the lake shrinks - phenomena experts blame on global climate change.

Modeste Traore, a 56-year old fisherman, rides his fishing boat in the Lake Wegnia, in Sahel region of Koulikoro. Lake Wegnia, or Lac Wegnia in French, is located in the Sahel region of Koulikoro, around 120 km north of the capital Bamako. Some 12,000 people including fishermen, farmers and herders depend on it for food, water and income, while its freshwaters and marshes also contain rich biodiversity. (REUTERS/Arouna Sissoko)
Modeste Traore, a 56-year old fisherman, rides his fishing boat in the Lake Wegnia, in Sahel region of Koulikoro. Lake Wegnia, or Lac Wegnia in French, is located in the Sahel region of Koulikoro, around 120 km north of the capital Bamako. Some 12,000 people including fishermen, farmers and herders depend on it for food, water and income, while its freshwaters and marshes also contain rich biodiversity. (REUTERS/Arouna Sissoko)
But as temperatures rise, evaporation increases and the lake shrinks - phenomena experts blame on global climate change. (REUTERS/Arouna Sissoko)
But as temperatures rise, evaporation increases and the lake shrinks - phenomena experts blame on global climate change. (REUTERS/Arouna Sissoko)
The United Nations describes the Sahel region - a wide strip of land running across northern Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea - as
The United Nations describes the Sahel region - a wide strip of land running across northern Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea - as "one of the most environmentally degraded regions in the world." The organisation has projected temperatures there to increase 1.5 times higher than the global average and says the Sahel is regularly hit by droughts and floods. (REUTERS/Arouna Sissoko)
Villagers in Wegnia and Kononi-Sirakoro have already planted 56,000 trees in the last two years and are better managing their water resources by building stone cordons to help the soil retain what rainfall there is. (REUTERS/Arouna Sissoko)
Villagers in Wegnia and Kononi-Sirakoro have already planted 56,000 trees in the last two years and are better managing their water resources by building stone cordons to help the soil retain what rainfall there is. (REUTERS/Arouna Sissoko)
But the lake has shrunk by 20 percent since 2017, according to figures from CIDR (International Centre for Development and Research) and analysis from Hydro solutions Ltd, placing huge pressure on local communities. (REUTERS/Arouna Sissoko)
But the lake has shrunk by 20 percent since 2017, according to figures from CIDR (International Centre for Development and Research) and analysis from Hydro solutions Ltd, placing huge pressure on local communities. (REUTERS/Arouna Sissoko)
Food insecurity, the fight for arable land and fast population growth can lead to conflict, although Lake Wegnia so far has been spared the violence prevalent in other parts of Mali. (REUTERS/Arouna Sissoko)
Food insecurity, the fight for arable land and fast population growth can lead to conflict, although Lake Wegnia so far has been spared the violence prevalent in other parts of Mali. (REUTERS/Arouna Sissoko)
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