International Exposition of Zaragoza 2008 - Expo 2008

Water and sustainable development

June 14, 2008 - September 14, 2008


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Uganda

Uganda at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008

© Philippe Lemaire

Often referred to as the pearl of Africa, the Republic of Uganda offers striking landscapes of great contrast, from the snow-capped Ruwenzori in the west to the heights of Mount Elgon in the east. It also has national parks with gorillas, elephants and lions, and a myriad of dams that give the country a high level of biodiversity. The Ugandan exhibition is based on the theme of fisheries, with a special mention of the Nile perch, the export of which supports a large part of the country. As the visitor will see, its main asset is Lake Victoria, the second largest lake in the world. 45% of the lake (which is only slightly smaller than the Netherlands and Belgium combined) lies within Uganda's territory. The Nile perch was introduced to Lake Victoria in the late 1950s and is now the country's second largest export, just behind coffee. The pavilion will also showcase the various fishing techniques employed by Ugandans, who have adapted to ensure the sustainable use of a fundamental resource. Pots, traps and hook and line fishing are still the most commonly used, although small-scale fishermen use seines, longlines, gillnets and mosquito nets.

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