The Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli led a strong country delegation to the just concluded Lake Victoria Environmental Research and Scientific conference (LVBNCON 2017) held in Mwanza, in the United Democratic Republic of Tanzania.
The Kenya delegation that included the Principal Secretary for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima had a visible presence in the exhibitions, portraying conservation efforts spearheaded by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources through the Lake Victoria Environment Management Program II-Kenya (LVEMP-II K).
Mr. Sunkuli represented the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu in the conference that was opened by Tanzania’s vice president, Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan and was attended by delegates from the five East Africa Community Countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
The PS signed on behalf of Kenya, the conference resolutions that were also confirmed by other executives who represented their respective governments.
Alongside the exhibitions depicting each countries effort to conserve Lake Victoria, scientists from across disciplines in the region shared experiences relating to the management and use of the trans-boundary resources.
The objective of the two day conference was to share experiences and lessons learnt from implementing LVEMP to inform policy development and partnerships within Lake Victoria basin alongside gathering data, information and knowledge that will inform the design of the next face of the program.
Member countries were unanimous in resolutions centered on the focus to achieve a prosperous population living in a healthy and sustainably managed environment of the lake basin, providing equitable opportunities and benefits.
Mr. Sunkuli, while attending a side event organized by the Kenyan delegation pointed out that Kenya had contributed immensely to conservation of Lake Victoria through projects that centered on sustainable water resources utilization, pollution control and promotion of community driven development.
Among the thematic scientific presentations were; sustainable watershed management, socio-economic and governance issues in relation to natural resources management, pollution control and prevention, fisheries resource management and aquaculture development and the future of sustainable development under climate change.
The conference was closed by the chairman of sectoral council of ministers of lake Victoria basin Eng. Gerson Lwenge who is also Tanzania’s minister for water and Irrigation.