1. Responsible Fisheries Business Chains on Lake Victoria Project
The project ‘Responsible Fisheries Business Chains on Lake Victoria (RFBC) is supported under the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Global Programme ‘One World-No Hunger’. The project is formulated to implement some key interventions identified in the NPFMP (2015-2019) and the Lake Victoria Fisheries Management Plan III. The guiding framework is intending to adopt new approaches to fisheries management that are based on economics, wealth creation, value chains, business enterprises and a proactive private sector, adoption of a business approach linked to resource management and a move from open to controlled fisheries access using licensing as management tools only in Uganda. Under resource monitoring, GIZ is supporting the reviews of Standard Operating Procedures, development of Electronic Catch Assessment System pilot the system, Conduct of hydroacoustic surveys (2018,2019 and 2020). The project is implemented in Public Private Partnership arrangement involving LVFO Institutions, the Private Sector – The Fish Processors Associations in the three Partner States (AFIPEK; TIFPA & UFFPEA); and BMU Networks. The estimated budget is EURO 8 Million; with about EURO 1.794 Million allocated to LVFO Institutions and about EURO 1.2 Million to the Associations while about EURO 5 Million is for the support and administrative costs through the GIZ.
2. EU-EAC Project for Promoting Aquaculture in the Lake Victoria basin (TRUE-FISH)
The LVFO is working with the EAC Secretariat and EU Delegation Regional Office to formulate a project to support the promotion of Aquaculture in the EAC. The main objective is to contribute to the development of competitive, gender equitable and sustainable commercial aquaculture in order to support economic development and sustainable management of natural resources in the Lake Victoria basin. The overall budget is EUR10.15 million. Three result areas are proposed: Result 1: Improved access to finance and to commercial networks for competitive aquaculture-related businesses; Result 2: Increased availability and quality of local skilled workers in aquaculture-related businesses; Result 3: Sustainable and bio-secure regional aquaculture production systems.
3. EU EDF-11 Cross Regional Envelope – ‘ECOFISH Programme’
The LVFO Secretariat has been working with the other Regional Economic Blocks on a program on “Contribution of Sustainable Fisheries to the Blue Economy of the Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Region – ECOFISH Programme" under the 11th EDF Cross Regional Envelope of the Regional Indicative Programme. The interventions proposed include:
a) Regional policies and institutional frameworks are enhanced to secure more sustainable fisheries management;
b) Regional and sub-regional action plans to deter and eliminate IUU fishing; and
c) Concrete fisheries management and governance initiatives in small scale inland and marine fisheries with the possibilities of replication at regional level.
The LVFO/EAC and Lake Tanganyika Authority are expected to get support under direct grant to implement Interventions under (a) & (b) above. The support is to enhance their capacity to ensure sustainable utilization of the fisheries resources of the Lakes that fall under their respective mandate, develop and adopt conservation and management measures. The grant will support the implementation of their fisheries management policies and strategies in a comprehensive and integrative approach. The rest of the support will be under indirect grant management through the Indian Ocean Commission. The expected envelop to EAC/LVFO is €2 Million which will be channelled through the EUD- Kampala.
4. Development of LVEMP III
The LVEMP II came to an end in December 2017. The project supported the development of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy for EAC; the review of the Fisheries Management Plan III (2016-2020); Conducting of lake-wide Frame Survey 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016; Catch Assessment Survey 2014 & 2015; Hydro-acoustic Surveys of 2015. It facilitated a number of community demand driven and the establishment of Fish Levy Trust Fund in Kenya and Tanzania. The proposed activities under LVEMP III are mainly resource monitoring surveys such as hydroacoustic surveys, bottom trawl survey, Frame surveys, Catch Assessment, Gillnet and Socio-economics. These surveys are very important in the provision of information to guide the management and development of fisheries. In addition, LVEMP-III will address the issues of community based protection of breeding and nursery grounds as these areas are susceptible to land base pollutions and are very key for replenishment of fish in open waters.
5. Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants (GCRF)
In collaboration with the University of St. Andrews, Scotland a project titled “developing a skilled fisheries-acoustics network for Lake Victoria: capacity-building for resource management and fisheries research in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya” is being implemented from February 2018 to January 2019. The project is intended to build a nucleous of Hydro-acoustic scientists through a series of trainings that will take place within the East African region and Scotland.