Controlling an invasive aquatic plant for improved biodiversity and livelihoods
Paul Kariuki Ndang'ang'a
Host Country Institutions:
Birdwatch Zambia, CAB International, ZEMA Zambia Environmental Management Agency
Lukanga Swamp, a Zambian Important Bird and Biodiversity Area, is infested with the invasive waterweed Salvinia molesta, leading to impoverished biodiversity and fish stocks. This project will control the weed by introducing Cyrtobagous salviniae, a weevil, thereby improving conditions for waterbirds, other biodiversity and the livelihoods of >2500 fishermen households.