Kenya Lake Victoria Waterkeeper is alive and kicking. It is a member of global Waterkeeper Alliance and is working towards fishable, swimmable and drinkable Lake Victoria in Kenya. Lake Victoria is the first and second largest freshwater lake by area in Africa and the World respectively. It is shared by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The lake is critical for biodiversity, economy and culture of Lake Victoria region of over 30 million population. This importance of the lake is threatened by pollution, invasive species, siltation, eutrophication and climate change. Thus need for local network of individuals, groups, institutions and companies to restore, conserve the lake for its sustainability. This is the gap Kenya Lake Victoria Waterkeeper is seizing to mobilize locals towards the lake’s sustainability. Join us! Contact or read about us through the following avenues:
Dunga Wetland Pedagogical Centre
Dunga Beach, Kisumu, Kenya
P.O.Box 179 – 40123, Kisumu
Tel +254 726701042, +254 731603109
Waterkeeper Hotline: +254 700936333
Facebook: Kenya Lake Victoria Waterkeeper
Wetlands, are a community resource, and the responsibility of conservation and protection, starts from the community. Be it individuals or groups, it stars with us, and spreads outwards to the rest of the people.
On this note, we have rolled out an adopt a papyrus wetland initiative with the communities in the wetland areas. The community members, either as individuals or in groups, will adopt portions of the wetlands to help enable their restoration and protection.
This community members who choose to adopt a wetland, will be given incentives in the long run. These include the following:
- Certified seeds
- Farming equipment for farmers
- Recommended fishing gear
- Tree seedlings
- Educational support materials for children
- Compost toilets
- Hybrid feed biogas
- Solar lamps
This is aimed at promoting the culture of conservation in the community by giving them the chance to be actively be involved in the protection and restoration of their wetlands. They will also serve as examples to the rest of the communities and help increase the number of community members who will be are wiling to take up responsible for their wetlands. hence, this will yield long term results and sustainability of conserving the wetland’s resources.
Establishment of model farmers is based on the premise of conservation. The model farmer’s are expected to promote wetland conservation through reducing pressure on the wetland caused by encroachment for resources and other economic activities like farming.
To add to this, the model farmers are also supposed to show solidarity for conservation through ensuring that 10% of their homesteads are covered with trees.
In support of this, we are distributing tree seedlings to all the model farmers, in the quantity that is equivalent to 10% of their farms. We are also jointly engaging in tree planting with the respective model farmers and their entire households, and encouraging everyone to help in the protection and nurturing of the trees in the homesteads.