A section of Lake Victoria showing the algae spread. Photo by Martin Ssebuyira

The funds are being provided under the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project Phase II (LVEMP II, an EAC project aimed at improving collaborative transboundary management of the Lake Victoria Basin to reduce environmental stresses such as pollution and degradation of catchment areas.

The funding was approved at a recent meeting held in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, by the fifth meeting of the Regional Project Steering Committee of LVEMP II. It covers the regional conservation activities for 2012- 2013 financial year. The funds will go towards the development of a water resources management plan for Lake Victoria, a Water Resources Information System for monitoring surface water, groundwater and water quality.

The Regional Project Steering Committe is the committee that provides overall policy guidance to ensure that LVEMP II project components and activities implemented nationally complement the regional objectives of the project.

The steering committee also adopted several consultancy reports, including one on Basin- Wide Sustainable Land Management Strategy; the Proposed Harmonization of Standards for Industrial and Municipal Effluent Discharge into Water Bodies in the Lake Victoria Basin; and the Water Hyacinth Surveillance and Management Strategy for Lake Victoria Basin.

“The intention of this project is to improve collaboration and keep the natural resources of the Lake Victoria Basin healthy and productive,” Charles-Martin Jjuuko, the Communications and Development Awareness Officer at the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC), said.

By James Gashumba, East African News Agency

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