In Kenya, a new threat to Lake Nakuru and its wildlife is causing world-wide concern.?
In Kenya, a new threat to Lake Nakuru and its wildlife is causing world-wide concern. According to an investigation carried out by the Kenya Ministry of Water Development, it is feared that a new chemical factory located in the town of Nakuru, 200 miles (321 km) north of Nairobi, could damage the lake with highly toxic waste. The world Wildlife Fund has spearheaded a campaign against the factory and is asking the Kenya Government to consider relocating the plant to an area where the threat to the environment is minimal.
Nakuru is a development town with a population of 60,000. The town's 24 primary schools, 9 secondary schools, and 26 nursery schools, plus a number of big factories have been heavily financed by the West German government.
SYNOPSIS: Even before the chemical factory began its production of copper oxychloride, a highly toxic fungicide used in the treatment of Coffee Berry Disease, scientists expressed alarm at the unusual migration of flamingoes from Lake Nakuru. The migration of these beautiful pink birds is though to be an indicator that even at this time, not all was well with Lake Nakuru. Continued production of the fungicide, it's believed, could disastrously affect the balance of nature in the lake, and the nearby Nakuru Sewerage Plant. Both the sewerage plant and the wildlife living in and around the lake are dependent on the algae growing in the water.
If enough of the factory's fungicide gets into the lake it could kill the algae. The plant, built by a company called copal Limited, began production 18 months ago, and pressure is now being put on the Kenyan Government by environmentalists around the world to have the factory relocated. The World Wildlife Fund says it's optimistic that in the near future the Kenyan Government will finally bow to world opinion and move the factory to a safe area.