Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Eng Emmanuel Kalobelo, told The Guardian that the aim of the conference was to inform programming, policy development and partnerships within the Lake Victoria basin.
He said this year’s theme will be “Harnessing Science and Research for Improved Collaborative Management of Tran Boundary Resources in the Lake Victoria Basin”.
The Acting PS explained that stakeholders from government institutions, public sectors, development partners, civil society organisations, non- governmental institutions, the private sector, universities, researchers and exhibitors would attend the event.
Eng Kalobelo said other objectives included contributing to a knowledge base to disseminate achievements of LVEMP II; to provide an opportunity for leveraging resources; and to provide a forum for networking.
He said the Conference was structured to include an opening session with key note addresses and paper presentations on various researches done on the Lake Victoria Basin.
He described that running parallel to the paper presentations; there will be a poster presentation session and an exhibition where different stakeholders would showcase their success stories.
Kalobelo added that during the exhibition, the private sector, learning institutions, research institutions and civil society organisations will share innovations and ongoing conservations activities in the basin.
LVEMP II is a comprehensive regional development programme that covers the whole of Lake Victoria and its catchment areas.
The project, therefore, aims at collecting information on the environmental status of the lake, its catchment and the practices being used by the communities living around the lake, institution establishment, capacity building, and actions to deal with environmental problems of the lake and its catchment.
Others are water hyacinth control, improving water quality and land use management, sustainable utilisation of the wetlands for both their buffering capacity and the products therein.
The project is being implemented jointly by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
The overall project level vision is: A stable Lake Victoria ecosystem capable of meeting demand for food, income, safe water, employment, disease-free environment and a conserved biodiversity.