On 13th October 2014, Africege delivered a keynote presentation on implementing green growth approaches in Mt Elgon ecosystem, Lake Victoria river basin. This meeting which was organised by the Lake Victoria River Basin Commission (LVRB), brought together key stakeholders both from Kenya and Uganda and included government officials, private sector and farmers.
Lake Victoria is the largest freshwater lake in Africa, and one of the most important catchments in Africa, supporting a population of more that 30 million. As a result the economies of many countries in the region is anchored around the productivity of the lake. Pollution is also an issue of major concern for the lake, primary from untreated sewage, industrial waste and fertiliser. Due to the declining environmental conditions, fisheries has also been in decline over the last couple of years, which is quite significant because the sector employs close to 2 million people in the basin.
Numerous factors have contributed to the declining conditions of Lake Victoria, including unsustainable practices in the broader catchments and rivers that feed the Lake. One of the the most important ecosystems in the basin is the Mt Elgon region, which straddles the borders of Kenya and Uganda, and is the source of many feeder rivers into the Lake. Due to increasing population, encroachment in the mountain forest has caused soil erosion leading to landslides, decreased water quality and loss of productivity to downstream users.
The LVRB and it’s stakeholders are exploring ways of how to attract investments into Mt Elgon ecosystem, to ensure that this key ecosystems is protected, but at the same time create opportunities for those communities that are directly dependent on it.
AFRICEGE was delighted in getting involved to share our vast experience in promoting a sustainable and inclusive transition to a green economy. This workshop, which turned out to be very successful provided us with the opportunity to share lessons on green economy implementation in Eastern and Southern Africa. These kinds of engagements are directly aligned with our vision of promoting both an intra-Africa and south-south cooperation in setting the agenda for the transition to green economy.