Academics are warning of the possible drying of another lake in Ethiopia. One of the rift valley lakes is endangered mostly due to human intervention.
Lake Abiyata is one of the famous water bodies in the country known for being the home of flamingos and algae which is known for its super nutritional values: spirulina. Many other natural benefits can be mentioned here. However, according to academics of Addis Ababa University, the likely death of Lake Abijata is close to becoming a reality and, among other things, they advocate that preservation is the only remedy. One of these academics is Tadesse Fetahi (Ph.D.) who sat down with Birhanu Fikade of The Reporter to talk about dangers facing Lake Abijata. Excerpts:
The Reporter: Please tell us about yourself and what you do?
Tadesse Fetahi: I work and teach at the Addis Ababa University (AAU) at the College of Natural Sciences under the department of Zoological Sciences. My stream is Fisheries and Aquatic Science. I am a Limnologist - a profession related to aquatic ecology. Professionals in this field work on rivers, lakes, wetlands, ponds etc. In simple terms, they work in land water bodies away from the coasts.
Are you concerned about the fate of Lake Abiyata?
As a professional and an ordinary citizen, I am highly concerned about the fate of Lake Abiyata. Many people are also concerned about it. They have immortal memories of the lake. The beauty of the lake is particularly related to the birds it hosts. It is so magnificent and to add more, the lake is found in one of the national parks of the country: Abiyata-Shalla Lakes National Park. Unfortunately, the lake is dying or it is possible to say it is drying alarmingly. So I am concerned. We do have resources no doubt about that. The question is how we are utilizing them in a sustainable manner. We have the obligation to pass them to the next generation. We need to conserve them.
Before that what exactly is the clear danger facing Lake Abiyata?