The threat to use force to defend Egypt's right to water from the Nile has been a common theme through successive governments.
Urgent measures need to be adopted to prevent corruption linked to illegal fishing activity in and around Lake Victoria.
Information about the threats facing Lake Victoria and how they're perceived are crucial to reverse the damage that's been done.
The dispute between Uganda and Kenya over an islet half the size of a football pitch has been fuelled by the perceived imbalance in fish harvests and the prospects of oil reserves beneath.
Social ties between Lake Victoria's fisherfolk are critical for gaining access to credit, employment, maintaining reliable and skilled labour and access to markets.
Lake Tana in Ethiopia has been massively affected by the invasive weed, water hyacinth. Control methods are available but there are challenges.
Climate change, deforestation, overfishing and hydrocarbon exploitation threatens one of Africa's oldest lake's, Lake Tanganyika.