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4 Mar 2021 ARUSHA, Tanzania
The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has urged the Council of Ministers of its parent organisation the East African Community (EAC) to push forward on transboundary harmonisation in respect of the Lake Victoria Basin. A February report on the “On-Spot Assessment of the Lake Victoria Basin” was compiled by the Assembly's Committee on Agriculture, Tourism and Natural Resources (ATNR)...
21 Feb 2021 KIGALI, Uganda
The governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have reported that within the last 2 months roughly 100 tonnes of fish, mostly of the freshwater species Nile Perch, have died due to unknown causes in Lake Victoria which borders all three countries.The mass deaths of Nile Perch, which are valued at between 10 Million and 15 Million Uganda Shillings (UGX) ($2732 - $4,096 USD) per tonne depending on their weight, has cost the government an estimated $409,840 USD in revenue so far – however, it could potentially become much more...
7 Oct 2020 NAIROBI, Kenya
The Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Project (LVWATSAN) in Kenya has received approval of over $70 Million USD in loans and grants from three European agencies.Funds will be used to expand the water and sanitation distribution network to over 800,000 people in Kisumu, on the shore of Lake Victoria, and its surrounding informal settlements, with a portion of the funding to be used for water quality monitoring of Lake Victoria...
6 Jul 2020 NAIROBI
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is facing a big dilemma on whether to relocate hundreds of wildlife from Ndere Island National Park, as rising waters in Lake Victoria threaten the existence of the protected tourist site.
11 May 2020 KAMPALA
The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries has embarked on demolition of a 100 hectare floating Island at Port Bell Luzira in Nakawa Division, Kampala. Four drone based imagery surveys have been conducted in Murchison Bay (port bell) and one in Jinja area with the objective of keeping a close watch on the floating islands movements and guide machine deployment to right targets; and UPDF surveillance/monitoring team on the ground.
5 May 2020 KAMPALA
In Uganda, Lake Victoria’s water levels have surged to their highest level in more than half a century posing a threat to the country’s hydropower plants. “The increased water level is causing dislodgement of papyrus mats … resulting into huge mass of floating islands, which are dangerous to hydropower infrastructure,” Sam Cheptoris, Uganda's water and environment minister said.
28 Apr 2020 KISUMU CITY, Kenya
Heavy rains that have caused major flooding in and around Lake Victoria over the past two weeks have affected fisheries, restaurants, shops, homes and livelihoods in in Kenya and Uganda, with widespread destruction and displacement. Experts and villagers claim this is the worst flooding since 1963. Local officials in Kenya have appealed to the national government for assistance in an effort to mitigate the problems and to forestall friction among fishing and pastoralist communities...
23 Jan 2020 KAMPALA
Water samples collected from three separate locations around the lake show it contains high levels of lead, arsenic, aluminum, and phosphorus, which are not good for human life when consumed in certain quantities.
14 Jan 2020 SYDNEY, Australia
Devastating ongoing bushfires in Australia threaten to wreak havoc on water resources as ecologists warn that resultant algae blossoms threaten freshwater ecosystems and diminish the quality of drinking water. Australian wildfires have burned as much as 26 Million acres of land.Burned catchment areas are increasing the level of mercury in lakes and water reserves as burnt sediment is now travelling into them...
16 Dec 2019 EDINBURGH
Scientists think they can now explain at least part of the recent growth in methane (CH4) levels in the atmosphere. Researchers, led from Edinburgh University, UK, say their studies point to a big jump in emissions coming from just the wetlands of South Sudan. Satellite data indicates the region received a large surge of water from East African lakes, including Victoria.
15 Dec 2019 HARARE, Zimbabwe
Lack of rain in Zambia and Zimbabwe has left the area in a prolonged drought, drastically reducing flow at the iconic Victoria Falls, shrinking Lake Kariba, affecting tourism, threatening the livelihood of regional farmers, and causing power outages.South Africa utility Eskom seems set to enter into contracts to supply power to Zimbabwe and Zambia to help the shortfall in hydropower output - but only if it is available...
13 Aug 2019 DODOMA
The Tanzanian government intends to escalate drinking water projects around the south shore of the Lake Victoria in the coming years, as it progressively abandons the use of groundwater to pump fresh water into Lake Victoria. “We are working on a new plan to ensure that villages near water sources like Victoria get water directly from the lakes rather than spending more money on wells,” says Jumaa Awesso, Tanzania’s deputy water minister.