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Some species are even specialists of temporary removal of indigenous riparian trees in forested areas, trampling pools, and others come and go with the vagaries of El Niño of banks by cattle, and overextraction of water for agriculture climatic cycles. Other species are more permanent and may are the most serious disturbances. These impacts are also syn- be localized endemics and inhabitants of clear montane ergistic, with one threat compounding another. streams that have existed for millennia.

Crater lakes form in the craters of ancient the annual rainfall occurs within a few months, although rain- volcanoes. There are also many small saline lakes in Africa. fall is highly variable between years and extended droughts These lakes generally occur in semi-arid or subhumid cli- are common. The freshwater fauna of these ecoregions is mates where evaporation exceeds precipitation (Hammer adapted to live under such potentially harsh conditions. Ter- 1986). restrial vegetation ranges from mixed coniferous and broad- In these semi-arid ecoregions, sub- leaf woodland to lower vegetation composed of dwarf shrubs Floodplains, Swamps, and Lakes.

The affected population, ever, the construction of a large irrigated rice scheme reduced mainly pastoralists, fishers, and dryland farmers, represent flooding by almost 1,000 km2. This loss of flooding has had some of the poorest and most vulnerable groups in the re- devastating effects on the ecology, biodiversity, and human gion. Reinundation measures have the potential to restore up populations of the Waza Logone region. to 90 percent of the floodplain area, at a capital cost of ap- The hydrological and ecological rehabilitation of the Waza proximately $10 million.

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