These include the 3 largest lakes in Africa - Victoria
- as well as lakes Turkana, Albert, Edward, Kivu and several others.
The lakes are important habitats for a number of fish and amphibian species, abundant birdlife and numerous crocodiles.
In the surrounding lake region, one finds elephants
, hippos and other wildlife in the Great Rift's mountains and valleys.
Millions of people across several East African
countries depend on the lakes' resources and surrounding forests for their livelihoods and day-to-day lives.