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Water Hyacinth In Africa And The Middle East: A Survey Of Problems And Solutions
by Luis A. Navarro And George Phiri
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Freshwater infestation by the water hyacinth weed has reached crisis proportions in many areas of Africa and the Middle East. Accumulated environmental, economic and social damages to date are estimated in the billions of dollars. Most severely affected are riparian communities and those people who depend upon the environmental services or production from affected water bodies. Years of research have produced significant new findings and advances in water hyacinth control and utilization. However, it is all too apparent that this knowledge is not being properly applied to manage the weed. Early in 1996, and in response to disparate requests for water hyacinth research support from across Africa and the Middle East, IDRC launched an initiative to assess the extent of the problem. Most importantly, the initiative was to investigate the apparent lethargy of governments and affected communities to acknowledge, react to, and manage impending water hyacinth infestations. This publication summarizes the findings and recommendations of the initiative. It will be of interest to decision-makers, policy makers, development professionals, researchers and academics.
(International Development Research Center) A text examining the problem of fresh water infestation by the water hyacinth weed in Africa and the Middle East. Explores solutions to this problem, reporting the results of an initiative by the IDRC to assess the extent of the situation. For policy makers, decision-makers, academics, researchers, and other interested parties. Softcover.
About the Author
Luis A. Navarro is a program officer at IDRC's office in Nairobi, Kenya. Before joining IDRC, Dr. Navarro was Senior Agricultural Economist and Technical Coordinator at CATIE in Turrialba, Costa Rica, and Associate Professor at Oregon State University. George Phiri currently directs the Cassava Green Mite Control Project of the Government of Malawi from the Makoka Research Station. Dr. Phiri was previously CAB International's water hyacinth scientist, stationed at the Africa Regional Centre in Nairobi. In 1996 and 1997 he edited the African Water Hyacinth Newsletter.
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