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The first Living Lakes African Regional Conference

"Our Lakes, our Livelihoods" - Sustainable Management of African Lakes

Time frame:
Place of activities:
Host and Contact:
from 27 to 30 October 2005
Kisumu, Lake Victoria, Kenya

Global Nature Fund (GNF)

Fritz - Reichle - Ring 4

D - 78315 Radolfzell, Germany

Phone: + 49 - (0) 77 32 - 99 95 - 0

Fax: + 49 - (0) 77 32 - 99 95 - 88




OSIENALA (Friends of Lake Victoria)

Contact person: Dr. Obiero Ong´ang´a

Dunga Beach, Kisumu

P.O. Box 4580, 40103 Kisumu, Kenya

Phone: + 254 - 57 - 20 23 487

Fax: + 254 - 57 - 20 21 992





The First Living Lakes African Regional Conference in Kenya from 27 to 30 October brought together African and international lake conservationists.

In preparation for the 11th World Lakes Conference hold in Nairobi, Kenya from 31st October to 4th November 2005, the Living Lakes network hold the first African Living Lakes Regional Conference at Lake Victoria from 27th to 30th October 2005. This was the first time, NGOs working on Lakes Management and Conservation in Africa met. The event acted as Pre-11th World Lakes Conference. 

In general, NGOs in Africa have played a leading role in supplementing government efforts in the management of forests and other resources. The NGOs dealing with lake management can also play a major role in helping governments manage their lakes and conserve biodiversity. This conference supported this endeavour by:

  • Bringing together most of the organizations in the management of African lakes and provide them with the opportunity to plan and focus the African agenda on lake management.
  • Providing participants from the African region with the opportunity to interact with their counterparts from other continents and compare their experiences on lake management.
  • Promoting the exchange of know-how about renewable energy technology in order to conserve natural resources and improve standards of living of the lake population in a special conference workshop.
  • Providing the participants with the rare opportunity to enjoy the Lake Victoria environment and the hospitality of its communities as well as learning about sustainable community-based projects during field visits.

Conference speakers included African experts from Eastern African Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Tana (Ethiopia) and Lake St. Lucia (South Africa), as well as international experts from Lake Constance (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) and Lake Biwa (Japan). As keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of UNEP, had been invited. Conference supporters were the German Federal Ministry for Environment and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (gtz).





Following, you find the conference lectures as download-data in English.

Sustainable Management of African Lakes


Rolin Nzomo (Lake Basin Development Authority)

Sustainable Management of African Lakes - The Case of Lake Victoria

Fishing and Renewable Energy

Dr. Andrew Venter (Wildlands Conservation Trust, South Africa)

Sustainable Management of African Lakes - Lake St. Lucia, South Africa


Dr. Eshete Dejen (Amhara Region Agricultural Research Institute, Ethiopia)

Sustainable Management of African Lakes - Lake Tana, Ethiopia


Julius Otienoo Manyala (Moi University, Department of Fisheries, Kenya)

Dagaa Fishery of Lake Victoria


Stefan Hörmann (Global Nature Fund, Germany)

Solar Lakes Initiative



The Solar Lamp Fishing Project


Stefan Hörmann (Global Nature Fund, Germany)

Renewable Energy for Fisherfolks of Lake Victoria

Experiences from other Lakes and Departures

Dr. Hendrik Hoeck (Fundacion Humedales, Columbia)

Laguna Fuquene, Columbia


Adelina Santos-Borja (Laguna Lake Authority, Philipenes)

Laguna de Bay, Philippines


Ajitha Pasan Ulluwis Hewage (Nagenahiru Foundation, Sri Lanka)

Lake Maduganga and Lake Madampe, Sri Lanka


Arvo Jaervet

Lakes Võrtsjärv and Peipsi, Estonia


Margaret Peterson Comfort (Inland Seas Education Association)

Promoting Stewardship of World Lakes: Great Lakes, USA




GNF announced the African Lake Victoria as "Threatened Lake of the Year 2005". The Germany-based foundation wants to draw attention to the drastic reduction in fish populations, the destruction of shoreline vegetation and wetlands as well as the increasing poverty of the people living around the lake. Lake Victoria, situated within the borders of Kenya, Tanzania und Uganda, is Africa’s largest lake and comprises an area of 68,800 km².


GNF and its Kenyan Living Lakes partner OSIENALA are committed to counteract ecological degradation by promoting the use of solar energy for fishing and fish smoking, a project which is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (gtz) and the foundation "Landesstiftung Baden Württemberg".


OSIENALA (Friends of Lake Victoria) was established in 1992 in Kisumu, Kenya, as a National Non-Governmental Organisation. OSIENALA was formed in order to create a forum for members of the local communities, scientists and laymen alike, to address a range of environmental issues affecting Lake Victoria and its environs. Since its inception, the organisation has played an important role in creating awareness on environmental issues affecting Lake Victoria.


In order to share information and to guarantee a closer co-operation, a network of African NGOs should be founded. You find a data specification as download-data.

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