Lake Nakuru, in Kenya's Rift Valley, home of a million flamingoes, has been called "the world's greatest ornithological spectacle".
GV PANS Flamingoes, pelicans and other birds round lake (3 shots)
GV Birds drinking in dry part of lake PAN TO dead birds nearby
CU & SV Dead birds (3 shots)
SV & GV National Youth Servicemen clearing rubbish round lake (3 shots)
SV Park Warden with children
SV Rubbish being collected
SV PAN Bulldozer clearing rubbish
GV Birds flying near lake (2 shots)
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Background: Lake Nakuru, in Kenya's Rift Valley, home of a million flamingoes, has been called "the world's greatest ornithological spectacle". But according to a leading Kenyan expert on pesticides and pollution Paul Chabeda, the flamingoes and fish of Lake Nakuru face death before 1990 unless something is done.
To mark World Environment Day something is being done by young Kenyan Volunteers to save their own wild life heritage.
Long before Lake Nakuru was a National Park the people of Nakuru town sited their rubbish dump 300 yards (metres) from the lake side. Now Nakuru is an industrial town producing 70,000 tons of solid wastes every year, including toxic heavy metals which percolate from the dump into the lake.
Now the rubbish dump is being moved miles away by young people assisted by trucks and machinery from Nakuru Council and the Kenyan Ministry of Works.
Kenya will mark World Environment Day on 5th June by Planting trees around Lake Nakuru where the debris used to be. The Park is also going to be extended to reduce the danger from the pesticides spread on the agricultural land that surrounds Lake Nakuru. These pesticides were blamed for the sudden death of nearly three quarters of a million fish in March 1971.
Mr. Chabeda who is officer in charge of the Kenyan National Parks Environmental Pollution Research Unit says the present levels of pollutants in the Rift Valley area are generally still in the sub lethal range. But he warns that for Lake Nakuru the situation may well become disastrous, unless a great deal of work is done and money spent before 1990.
SYNOPSIS: Lake Nakuru in Kenya's Great Rift Valley has been called the greatest ornithological spectacle in the world. A million flamingoes live by its shores, as well as pelicans and hundreds of other species, and they attract thousands of visitors.
But something is being done. Young volunteers from the National Youth Service have started to clear away rubbish round the lake and move the Nakuru town rubbish dump, sited only three hundred yards from the water's edge. Industrial wastes from the town, including toxic heavy metals have been seeping into the water.