Conference Program

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Conference Themes

  • Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Benefits

  • Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Management

  • Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation

  • Population Dynamics, Health and the Environment

  • Balancing Conservation and Development

  • Governance and Financing

Conference Champions

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Theme Conveners

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Management

Richard Ogutu-Ohwayo, NaFFIRI, Uganda

Ian Cowx, University of Hull, UK

Muderhwa Nshombo, Centre for Hydrobiological Research, DRC

Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation

Daniel Olago, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Tom Johnson, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA

Edouard Boinet, International Network for Basin Organizations, France

Balancing Conservation and Development

Andy Maro Tola, NBI/NELSAP, Kenya

Victor Langenberg, Deltares, the Netherlands

Andrew Cohen, University of Arizona, USA

Population Dynamics, Health and Environment

Kristen Patterson, Population Reference Bureau, USA

Clive Mutunga, USAID, USA

Cheryl Margoluis, Pathfinder International, USA

Emmanuel Ngore, UNEP, Kenya

Basin Governance and Financing

Richard Kyle Paisley, Global Transboundary International Waters Governance Initiative, UBC IAR, Canada

Edouard Boinet, International Network for Basin Organizations, France

Victor Kongo, Tanzania Water Partnership/University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Benefits

Harvey Bootsma, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Ole Seehausen, University of Bern, Switzerland

Ken Mwathe, BirdLife International, Kenya

Beth Kaplin, University of Rwanda/Antioch University New England, USA

Keynote Speakers

Professor Eric Odada

“The Importance of Water Management  in a Changing  Global Waterscape”

Conference Objectives

  • Enhance coordination and cooperation of stakeholders working on conservation and development of the African Great Lakes.

  • Strengthen the capacity of lake management institutions on the sustainable use of basin resources.

  • Provide evidence-based information for implementation of policies and conservation actions.

  • Promote and share tools and approaches for ecosystem-based management in the African Great Lakes.

  • Promote and share best practices of empowered citizens actively engaged in basin management.

Conference 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.