About the Conference

AfricaGreatLakes_25july2016AFRICAN GREAT LAKES CONFERENCE 2017


MAY 2-5, 2017


The African Great Lakes Conference is spearheaded by the African Great Lakes initiative led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in collaboration with the Lake Tanganyika Authority. It is supported by funding from the MacArthur Foundation, The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

The conference organizing committee comprises Lake Basin management groups including Lake Kivu and Rusizi River Basin Commission (ABAKIR), Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA), Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC), Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO), Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP), national government resource agencies, NGOs, multi-lateral agencies,and academic institutions.

The conference will be much more than a meeting.  It will be the start of a process that advances sustainable development solutions across basins and brings long-term attention to cross-basin work.

It will bring together a diverse group with a focus on sustainable development, human and environmental health, and biodiversity conservation in the African Great Lakes region. By sharing tools and approaches for ecosystem-based management and best practices, participants will improve the future coordination of African Great Lakes stakeholders with several expected outcomes:

  • Key resolutions or agreements to bolster lake authorities

  • An online information-sharing platform with curated maps and information

  • A full conference report and a set of conference papers

  • Special issue journal publication(s) from premier papers

  • New and/or strengthened African Great Lakes funding programs