Lake George

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Lake George

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  • Area: 
    15,000 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    00°07'N 30°02'E
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Lake George. 04/03/88; Bushenyi, Kasese, Kamwenge; 15,000 ha; 00°07'N 030°02'E. Added to the Montreux Record, 4 July 1990. Biosphere Reserve; National Park. A complex of river systems emanating from the Rwenzori Mountains supplying a system of permanent swamps located on Lake George, in the Rift Valley. Vegetation consists of grassland, woodland, and three major swamp types. The site supports large mammals, including elephants, hippopotamus, and antelope, and is important for numerous species of wintering Palearctic waterbirds and various notable resident birds. Mine water seepage, agricultural runoff, and effluent inputs are impacting the site. A research station is located on the site. Chemical seepage from Kilembe mines and inflow of agricultural chemicals into the wetland resulting from the Mubuku Irrigation Scheme have led to listing on the Montreux Record in 1990. Ramsar site no. 394.

Administrative region: 
Kasese District

  • Global international designation: 
    • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • National legal designation: 
    • national park - Queen Elizabeth (formerly Rwenzori) National Park
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