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Aerial view of waterfront village in Uganda
Lake Victoria is the second largest source of freshwater in the world, however, it is being colonised by algae and micro-organisms. AFD East Africa is organizing a webinar on March 4 and 5 on algae pollution in Lake Victoria and its impacts on health.

Results of the WaSAf project, launched in 2015 and supported by the FFEM, the AFD and the French Ministry for Ecological Transition will be presented during this webinar. This project has enabled international researchers to analyse water quality over a 4-year period and identify prevention and restoration solutions.

The research revealed a proliferation of cyanobacteria in Lake Victoria, contributing to the deoxygenation of the aquatic environment, which in turn leads to the degradation of water quality. The data collected on the lake's eutrophication process shows the disruption caused to ecosystem functioning and the impact on the local population's water supply. Findings from the studies warn of the toxic risks to the health of people living on its banks, posed by excessive concentrations of algae and micro-organisms in the water.

This webinar, organised by the AFD, gives scientists the chance to feedback on their work.