International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Lessons for Effective Management of Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia Crassipes (Mart.) Solms) in Kenya
John Momanyi Mironga

Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms) is an invasive aquatic macrophyte associated with major negative economic and ecological impacts. Although water hyacinth continues to cause serious disruptions in the use of water bodies in Kenya, the government has not promptly moved to contain the spread of this weed. In view of this, this paper identifies the weaknesses related to access of information on water hyacinth, implementation of control mechanisms, and lack of research on certain aspects as the issues that explain why Kenya is not swiftly taking measures to control water hyacinth whenever it invades its water systems. These shortcomings call for action to effectively mobilize, organize, and equip decision-makers, researchers, and representatives of communities, along with their organizations and institutions, to improve their response to the water-hyacinth problem.

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