The Lake Victoria Environmetal Management Project (LVEMP II) is a regional project bringing together the five East Africa Community (EAC) and co-ordinated by the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC).
The project aims at improving the management of transboundary natural resources and co-operation on regional “public good”.
LVEMP has organized an orientation workshop for local journalists and NGOs on environmental reporting with a view to bring upto date the local journalists and NGOs who are critical to the success of the project.
The workshop was officially opened by Environmental Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia assisted by Director of Information’s representative Mr. Mohamed.
The project is being implemented through four components as follows:-
Component 1: Strengthening institutional capacity for managing shared water and fisheries resources
Component 2: Point source pollution control and prevention
Component 3: Watershed management (forestry sub-component)
Component 4: Project coordination and management
The specific forestry sector activities include:
- Preparation of an Ecosystem Management Plan for Mau Forest Complex
- Rehabilitation and restoration of degraded areas of Mau forest complex (focusing on areas within the Nyando Catchment)
- Supporting communities in agro-forestry, woodlot establishment and commercial forestry.
- Supporting communities in rehabilitation of bare hills.
- Supporting communities in riverine rehabilitation.
- Supporting communities in identification and implementation of CDM projects to benefit from carbon trading.
- Supporting communities in identifying energy supply (making of energy saving jikos) and alternative sources of energy (solar and wind).
- Supporting communities to invest in value addition.
Activity (c) to (h) will be implemented through ‘Community Driven Development’ (CDD) Approach. In this approach, the community is sensitized and its capacity built, and thereafter encouraged to apply for funding from the project to implement relevant activities to the project which will contribute to improving their livelihoods and conservation of the environment.