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Lake Victoria Environmental Management

Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project is a comprehensive regional development programme that covers the whole of Lake Victoria and its Catchment areas. It is being implemented jointly by the Republic of Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Uganda. The overall project level vision is: A stable Lake Victoria ecosystem capable of meeting demand for food, income, safe water, employment, disease free environment and a conserved biodiversity. In order to achieve this level vision, the project has the following development objectives: to maximize the sustainable benefits to riparian communities of the lake basin from using resources within the Catchment to generate food, employment, income, supply safe water and sustain a disease free environment; to conserve biodiversity and genetic resources for the benefits of both the riparian and global communities; and to harmonize national and regional management programmes in order to achieve to the maximum extent possible the reversal of environmental degradation. The Project therefore aims at collecting information on the environmental status of the lake, its Catchment and the practices being used by the communities living around the lake, institution establishment, capacity building, actions to deal with environmental problems of the lake and its Catchment, water hyacinth control, improving water quality and land use management, sustainable utilization of the wetlands for both their buffering capacity and the products therein. The central concern is to reduce the flow of nutrients and pollutants into the lake and reverse some of the adverse environmental developments of the past.

The LVEMP in Tanzania is performing particularly well. The Project is 70% disbursed and all components are doing well. The LVEMP in Uganda is also performing in an acceptable manner. The Project in Uganda is almost 60% disbursed. The Kenyan LVEMP has had significant problems with cash flow to the various components. After remedial action was taken in June/July 2000, this situation appears to have been solved. All components seem to be responding to improvements made in cash flow, with the exception of the Moi University component. This component is apparently in very bad shape from a financial management perspective. The full supervision mission in may 2001 will check on progress (the university has already installed a new accounts clerk and attended training held by the financial management consultant). If no progress has been made the component might be cancelled and money reallocated.


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General information
IBRD ID 46870
Project type Full-Size Project
Status closed (Project Closure)
Start Date 30 jul. 1996
End Date 31 des. 2005
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project USD 35,000,000
Total Cost of the project: USD 77,600,000
YES - See results data (88)
Kenya , Tanzania United Republic of , Uganda , Regional

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (WB)

Project contacts
Hesbon Aligula National Executive Secretary
Christopher Nyirabu Regional/National Executive Secretary
Faustino Orach-Meza National Executive Secretary
Jane Wamuongo Assistant Director
Ernst Lutz Senior Economist
John Fraser Stewart Senior Natural Resources Specialist