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E-News Beat #30

October 2022  |  News and latest updates

Two regional workshops have taken place in Arusha, Tanzania to develop the long-term IWRM strategy and the pipeline of investment projects

The Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) through its Lake Victoria Basin Integrated Water Resources Management Programme (LVB IWRMP), hosted two regional workshops at the Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania on 19 to 22 September with EAC Partner States from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and representatives of KfW, GIZ, the LVBC Deputy Executive Secretary, the IWRM Programme Consultant (IPC), and the staff of the LVBC Secretariat.

In the first workshop on the draft LVB IWRM Strategy, participants provided vital inputs into the first phase of the LVB IWRM strategic implementation plan between 2023 – 2028. Topics for further consideration in the finalization of the Strategy include gender inclusion, wastewater reuse and recycling as a measure for water resources management, and the need for the strategy to address pollution prevention at source. The workshop also addressed issues concerning surface and groundwater conjunction use.

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Pipeline projects are prioritized

The second regional workshop focused on the prioritization and selection of High Priority Investment projects. In her opening remarks, Eng. Coletha Ruhamya, the Deputy Executive Secretary (DES) for the Lake Victoria Basin Commission, noted with gratitude the commitment by Partner States in support of the LVBC to reduce pollution in the Basin, and thanked delegates for their active participation in the process of developing the pipeline of projects. She highlighted the objective of the workshop and appreciated the spirit of ownership demonstrated by Partner States, a process that would lead to sustainability of interventions under development.

The KfW representative and Programme Assistant Consultant, Ms. Anne-Marie Ran echoed KfW’s commitment to the LVB IWRM Programme. During the workshop, five projects, one from each Partner State, were prioritized following a ranking process out of twenty-five projects which were submitted. The five prioritized projects, mainly covering wastewater and faecal sludge management, will be submitted to KfW for future funding consideration, while the remaining twenty will be promoted among other Development Partners at a donor conference to be hosted by LVBC in 2023.


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