African freshwater species threatened
In the most comprehensive assessment of its kind, 5,167 African freshwater species were evaluated by 200 scientists over a five-year period for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, including all known freshwater fish, molluscs, crabs, dragonflies and damselflies, and selected families of aquatic plants. According to its results, 21% of freshwater species in continental Africa are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of millions of people at risk. Some of the biggest threats to African freshwater species come from agriculture, water abstraction, dams and invasive alien species.
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