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World Environment Day
Justice for Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria is the second largest freshwater body in the world. The lake faces several environmental problems, including pollution, biodiversity loss, habitat destruction and soil erosion. It is estimated that the lake’s indigenous fish species have been reduced by 80% and over 70% of the forest cover in the catchment area has been lost. The life-support systems of the riparian communities are increasingly threatened due to ecological degradation as well as unsustainable human activities within the catchment. The paradox of life within the Lake Victoria basin is such that, in spite of the abundant natural resources, over 60% of the population lives below the poverty line, a situation that has continued to undermine the sustainability of the natural resource base.
In partnership with the Naam Festival, a creative platform running the #JusticeforLakeVictoria Campaign, this online conversation brings together environmentalists from East Africa to raise awareness on the increasing degradation of the lake ecosystems and on community measures and policies being implemented to mitigate the environmental problems.
Moderated by Dave Ojay, founder of the Naam Festival, who uses music, film and photography as an advocacy tool for action, the panelists include:
- Richard Kimbowa, Programme Manager at the Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD), Regional Coordinator for the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project (LVEMP II), a Civil Society Watch Project of the East African Sustainability Watch Network.
- Godfrey Ogonda, Deputy Director, OSIENALA (Friends of Lake Victoria) a membership NGO made up of local communities, custodians of the environment, who live around the lake and derive their livelihoods from the resources of the lake.
- Roniance Adhiambo, who has been working with women and youth in the Lake Victoria region in facilitating the development of Nature Based Enterprises, establishing inclusive and participatory environmental management regimes and developing governance instruments at the community level.
Naam Festival uses photography to sensitize the local communities on the urgent need to check the use of one of Africa’s greatest resources to avoid further degradation.