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African Union worried about decline of African wetlands
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The African Union (AU) Commission on Tuesday expressed concern about the decline of African wetlands. Speaking in Addis Ababa at a meeting as a prelude to the Rio 20 conference to prepare a joint position for Africa, the AU chairperson, Jean Ping, said: 'The water issue only illustrates too well development challenges in Africa, poverty, misery and injustice.' The dangers related to environmental degradation, namely, climate change, impoverishment of biological diversity, drought and desertification affect the continent's resources and make the water issue more acute, he added.

'Some zones of lakes, deltas and wetlands are seriously declining. As a case in point, Lake Chad whose level varies and fluctuates depending on seasonal rains, has significantly reduced since the 1960s as a result of the combination of intense droughts and use of water for irrigation,' Mr. Ping said.

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