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World Fisheries Day marked in Lake Victoria In the middle of a breath-taking open air pristine tropical forest setting, the World Fisheries Day (WFD) 2008 was held in Kalangala Islands in the Middle of Lake Victoria in Uganda. The WFD is celebrated annually on November 21st worldwide each year, but the Regional WFD for East Africa organised by LAVNET – East Africa and Kalangala NGO Forum was celebrated on 18th December 2008 on the theme: Prosperity for All through Government and Fishers’ Responsiveness in Fishery Resources Management.

East African SusWatch attends the EAC Common Market negotiations in Kigali Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya and Uganda are Parties to the Treaty for the establishment of the East African Community and undertake to establish among themselves a Common Market as a transitional stage to and integral part of the community. The Partner states agreed in the initial meetings to establish the East African Community Common Market. The overall objective of the Common Market is to widen and deepen cooperation among the partner states in the economic and social fields.

Sweden invites East African Youths to a UN Conference in New York The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).

Seal the Deal! is a powerful new campaign by the UN Campaign on Climate Change, to encourage Governments to agree on a fair, balanced and effective climate agreement when they meet in Copenhagen in December 2009. Announced by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, Seal the Deal!

World Fisheries Day 2009: SusWatch on Beach Management Units on Lake Victoria The Partner States of the East African Community (EAC) adopted fisheries co-management in their national fisheries policies and, together as the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO), are implementing the approach on Lake Victoria through Beach Management Units (BMUs). These have since become the foundation of fisheries co-management in East Africa, working with local and national government, the private sector processing industry and non-governmental organizations.

Failure to halve the proportion living without access to sanitation: Isn’t it time to question approaches? "Leaders who adopted the Millennium Development Goals in 2000 envisioned halving the proportion of people living without access to basic sanitation by the year 2015 - but we are nowhere near on pace to achieve that Goal". UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this in his message on World Water Day, to be observed on 22 March. He noted that sub-Saharan Africa will not reach the target until 2076.

Lake Victoria Environment Management Programme (LVEMP II) to start September 2008: From knowledge acquisition and capacity building to stakeholder actions for sustainable development?

SusWatch raises issue of slum dwellers for the Lake Victoria basin Mayors to consider The East African SusWatch Network’s Civil Society Watchdog Discussion Paper No.2: Water, sanitation and basic hygiene on selected islands and landing sites in and around Lake Victoria in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania: Scarcity amidst plenty? was presented at the 2nd Conference of the Lake Victoria region, Kisumu, July 22 – 23, 2008. It particularly generated debate on the proposal to address the needs of slum dwellers for a sustained improvement in sanitation and hygiene in towns and cities.

‘Fish for the Future is everyone’s responsibility’: A Call for Prioritization of Actions, along a Clear Road Map A regional Conference on Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation Stakeholders’ Conference on the theme: Fish for the future is everyone’s responsibility, took place took place in Kampala, October 27 – 29, 2008. The overall objective was to draw attention to the declining Nile Perch stocks in Lake Victoria and to call for collaborative efforts to ensure responsible utilization of the fisheries resources at all levels.

Leasing plots on Lake Victoria is NOT a Panacea to illegal fishing methods The Chairman of the Ugandan Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Hon. Deus Bikwasizehi and other Committee members last week brought back in focus the long standing debate that Lakes including L.Victoria be divided into plots and leased to fishermen. His line of reasoning is that it is here that a solution to ensure that people abandon using illegal fishing methods lies.

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