Get to Know – Why Lake Victoria? Lake Victoria is an international water body that offers the riparian communities a number of extremely important environmental and livelihood opportunities. The waters of Lake Victoria and its shoreline are shared among three countries; Kenya 6%, Uganda 43% and Tanzania 51%. However, the Lake Victoria basin catchment extends to Rwanda and Burundi that are hence equally important as shown in Table 1 and Map 1 below: Country Lake Surface Area    Catchment Area    Lake Shoreline

UCSD lessons Learning workshop Report 1. Introduction The Uganda Coalition for sustainable development UCSD a networks o Ugandan NGOs has been implementing the sustainability watch (Suswatch) project in Uganda. Suswatch aimed at building the capacity of southern civil society organizations in 15 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to hold their governments accountable to commitments on sustainable development

What is UCSD? The Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) is a network of more than 30 active environment and development NGOs dedicated to coordinate advocacy and lobby work around issues and commitments made by world governments towards sustainable development, inspired by the Civil Society Project for preparation of the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development.

The Project focuses on the following areas: Mainstreaming citizen participation in policy development, implementation and monitoring of sustainable development objectives and poverty reduction outcomes Strengthening the capacities of participating organizations to effectively undertake advocacy and lobbying on sustainable development issues in the Lake Victoria basin Scaling up networking and information sharing on sustainable development in the Lake Victoria basin in order to build synergies with other stakeholders.

1. INTRODUCTION Beach Management Units (BMUs) are community fisheries management institutions, legally empowered and registered with the Department for Fisheries Resources. Fishers are required to be registered with BMU in order to be allowed to work in fisheries. Every BMU has an Assembly of all registered members and an elected Committee. The process of forming and registering a BMU is set out in the Harmonized BMU Guidelines, which are implemented at the national level (LVFO 2005).

1.0 Introduction The East African Sustainability Watch was formed in 2005, as a network of NGOs from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania spearheaded by Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD), Kenya National SusWatch (c/o Kenya Organization of Environment Education - KOEE), and Tanzania Coalition for Sustainable Development (TCSD). Being a loose network, the EA SusWatch Regional Secretariat is hosted by UCSD in Kampala, Uganda.

Committee, the Lake Victoria Basin Commission and, indeed, all focal point ministries in the five Partner States for the role you have played to make this key regional project come to life. I would also like to thank the Government of Kenya for hosting us this week and helping to organise our field trips to the Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (KIWASCO) and the Kisumu harbour. The challenges at KIWASCO and the Kisumu harbour provide a good hint at the potential of their facilities and the difficulties they face.

3. Part II - (7) on Functions of the Commission: The current functions of the Commission give an indication of the need to have a Secretariat to handle day to day tasks. We thought the Commission is to supplement the national institutions (NEMAs / National Focal points).Therefore, there is need to review these functions in light of the additionality that this Commission brings in bearing in mind the subsidiarity principle (i.e. to avoid duplication of roles at regional and national levels)

1.0 Brief about Kikandwa Environmental Association (KEA) and Lake Wamala Kikandwa Environmental Association (KEA) is a developmental community based organization founded in 1999 with a purpose of addressing rural development and natural resource management. KEA was born out of the need to address the alarming low levels of agricultural productivity, high levels of food insecurity, low income in the rural communities and concern over rapid degradation of natural resources on which more than 95% of the people of Mubende and Mityana depend for their livelihoods.

Executive Summary This is a Strategic Plan for the EA SusWatch covering the period of 2009 - 2013. This Plan was prepared purposely to develop a regional CSO network plan that will provide strategic direction for the next 5 years with increased efficiency and effectiveness through greater CSO participation and development outcomes that address the needs of the environment and poor people living in eastern Africa region.


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