Over 80 experts from different water utilities, non-governmental organizations and other institutions working around Lake Victoria held a three-day workshop this week to discuss water management with a view to ensuring proper conservation of Africa’s greatest lake.
UN-HABITAT in association with the Governments of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and with the financial assistance of The Netherlands is currently implementing a major initiative to address the water and sanitation needs of poor people, living within the secondary urban towns around the lake. Known as the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Initiative, it is aimed at developing a capacity building framework for countries bordering the lake.
The initiative has been designed to attain the water target of Millennium Development Goals in small urban centers, taking into account the physical planning needs of these urban centers together with attention to drainage and solid waste management as an integral part of environmental sanitation.
The main objective of the seminar this week was to examine the capacity building activities required to support and sustain investments in water and sanitation infrastructure in these secondary towns.