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World Water Day 2015: Lake Victoria basin Livelihood study shows that access to water remains a challenge linked to other sectors

The Community – Driven development type (CDD-type) subprojects are aimed at reducing non-point sources of pollution, through control of soil erosion by adopting sustainable water and soil management practices. This will in turn increase water use efficiency and improve water quality in the Lake Victoria Basin (LVB), which is also a positive externality downstream countries.

The EA Suswatch Network is currently implementing LVEMP II Civil Society (CS) Watch project. This is a three-year initiative of the EA SusWatch Network, implemented from November 2011 to October 2014, with support from the Government of Sweden. This project seeks to lobby and advocate for realization of results-based performance from the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project (LVEMP II) and implementation of the East African Community Climate Change Policy (EACCCP).

There is a growing need for Civil Society Organizations in Uganda to learn from communities that are adapting to Climate Change practise to be able to survive during long dry spells. The Uganda National NGO Forum together with Kikandwa Environmental Association organized the 2015 CSO leaders’ exposure visit to Kikandwa village in Mityana district.

The Lima Accord, a four-page document, was adopted by climate negotiators following talks that were at times acrimonious, more than 30 hours behind schedule. While member countries tacitly agreed to curb their rates of Greenhouse Gas emissions, a raft of things weren’t decided, adding hurdles to securing a truly global climate agreement in Paris next December.

November 21, 2014 was the World Fisheries day. In East Africa the day was marked with statements and meetings where stakeholders complained of dwindling fish quality and quantity.

Can the EAC Really Act in Unison to Halt Undersize Fishing on Lake Victoria?
‘Operation Save the Nile Perch’ (OSNP) - a 1.8 million US dollar drive by the East African Community Partners to recover the species’ population, which has been depleted from 1.2 million tonnes in the early 2000s to a mere 3,000 tonnes today, seems to be headed for shelving in favor of a ‘fishing ban’ on Lake Victoria. The controversial ban purported to have been initiated by Tanzania has since been denied by the Fisheries and Livestock Development Minister Dr. Titus Kamani.

Monitoring a Regional Environmental Project for Accountability: Lessons from the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project Phase II (LVEMPII) Civil Society Watch Project (2009 – 2014) of the East African Sustainability Watch Network to the Post-2015 Agenda'. This paper provides the rationale of the LVEMPII CS Watch Project, livelihood challenges (related to land-use, population growth and fisheries sector) in the Lake Victoria basin that supports one of the densest rural populations in the world.

The East African Community (EAC) region is frequently affected by food shortages and pockets of hunger although the region as a whole has a huge potential and capacity to produce enough food for regional consumption and a large surplus for export to the world market.

Beneficiaries of LVEMP II CDD sub-projects in Uganda received the first tranche of grants for LVEMP II project in June 2014. This came two years after the project inception in 2011, making communities in Uganda trail far from their counterparts in Kenya and Tanzania who are implementing similar projects under the Adjustable Programme Lending 1 (APL1) – the first sub-phase of this region-wide intervention.

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