LAKE VICTORIA BASIN (LVB)

Submitted by on 29 December 2020


The Lake Victoria Basin (LVB) is located in the upper reaches of the Nile River basin and comprises one of the world’s greatest complexes of lakes, wetlands, and rivers. The basin has a catchment area of approximately 194,200km2 traversing through five East African Countries i.e. Tanzania (44%); Kenya (22%); Uganda (16%); Rwanda (11%) and Burundi (7%). The basin plays a major ecological, social and economic role and is central to the development and regional integration of the East Africa Community (EAC).

The Lake Victoria Basin (LVB) is located in the upper reaches of the Nile River basin and comprises one of the world’s greatest complexes of lakes, wetlands, and rivers. The basin has a catchment area of approximately 194,200km2 traversing through five East African Countries i.e. Tanzania (44%); Kenya (22%); Uganda (16%); Rwanda (11%) and Burundi (7%). The basin plays a major ecological, social and economic role and is central to the development and regional integration of the East Africa Community (EAC). This is due to its rich resources such as fishery, biodiversity, extensive networks of rivers and wetlands, forests, fertile soils, wildlife, minerals, tourism, multimodal transport and communication. For instance, the basin provides a myriad of environmental goods and services to approximately 45 million inhabitants’ majority of who derive their livelihood directly or indirectly rich natural resources around the basin. The basin is therefore considered a unique area especially due to its environmental, cultural, scientific, socioeconomic, immense natural resources and huge investment potential.
 

Within the LVB, Lake Victoria which is the world’s second largest and Africa’s largest freshwater lake is one of the most important landmarks. The lake covers an area of 68,800km2 spanning 400km North-South and 240km East-West. It has a shoreline of 3,460km and is a relatively shallow water body with an average depth of 40meters while the deepest point is 80meters. This trans-boundary asset is shared by Kenya (6%), Tanzania (51%) and Uganda (43%). Over 80% of water in the Lake Victoria comes directly from rainfall while the rest comes from tributary runoff from Kagera, Mara, Simiyu, Gurumeti, Yala, Nyando, Migori and Sondu-Miriu rivers. Water in Lake Victoria is lost through very high evapotranspiration and one major outlet, the Nile River which is the Africa’s longest river.
 

With its vast expanse of water and breathtaking landscapes along its shores, Lake Victoria is a natural symbol of unity and potential wealth for the surrounding countries. The lake and its tributaries support a multitude of ecosystem services, and the economies of the riparian countries. This includes fisheries, tourism, agriculture, forestry, water, hydro power generation, industry and transport among others. Besides the lake has other added values that include the climate modulation in the region and richness in biodiversity which makes it the largest inland water fishery sanctuary in East Africa.

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PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

LVB IWRMP

Lake Victoria Basin Integrated Water Resources Management Programme (LVB IWRMP) Lake Victoria Integrated Water Resources Management Programme (LVB IWRMP) is a regional programme coordinated by Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and implemented in the four Partner States of the East ...
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ACC-LVB

Adapting to Climate Change in Lake Victoria Basin Project (ACC-LVB)
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ScaleWays Project

Scaling out resilient Water and Agricultural Systems (ScaleWAYS) is a project implemented under the broader framework of Advancing Water Futures and Scenarios (WFaS East Africa: Accelerating transition towards resilient water and Food Systems). It’s a research project that would be ...
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EPSGG-LVB

Project on engaging private sector for green growth in Lake Victoria Basin (EPSGG-LVB)
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PREPARED

The Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) is a medium-term, multi-organization program partially implemented in the East African Community.
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LVWATSAN II

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EVENTS

THE 10TH JOINT REGIONAL POLICY STEERING COMMITTEE (RPSC) FOR PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS OF THE LAKE VICTORIA BASIN COMMISSION

DATE: 30TH JANUARY – 3RD FEBRUARY 2023 VENUE: SAROVA IMPERIAL HOTEL, KISUMU KENYA The 10th joint regional policy steering committee for LVBC projects and programs will be taking place from 30th January – 3rd February 2023 in Sarova Imperial Hotel, ...
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NEWS

10TH JOINT REGIONAL POLICY STEERING COMMITTEE TO TAKE PLACE IN KISUMU KENYA

The 10th meeting of the Joint Regional Policy Steering Committee (RPSC) of Lake Victoria Basin Commission’s Projects and Programs is scheduled to take place from 30th January to 3rd February at the Sarova Imperial Hotel in Kisumu, Kenya. The committee ...
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ScaleWAYS PROJECT HOLDS WORKSHOP ON SCALING SUSTAINABLE LAND AND WATER MANAGEMENT

The Scaling out Resilient Water and Agricultural Systems (ScaleWAYS) project held a virtual workshop on “Scaling Sustainable Land and Water Management on East Africa” on 18th of January 2023. The workshop shared key findings of the integrated biophysical and political ...
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TENDER FOR PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF OFFICE BLOCK FOR LAKE VICTORIA BASIN COMMISSION HEADQUARTERS – PHASE II – Reference No. LVBC/WKS/22-23/01

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Media and Communications Practitioners Train on IWRM

The Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) through the Integrated Water Resources Management Programme (IWRM) team conducted a two-day training for Rwandan media and communication professionals on the importance of water management from 7th-8th December, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda. The training ...
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CONTRACT AWARD NOTICE – RFP No. LVBC-239611-CS-QCBS

CONTRACT AWARD NOTICE Publication Date12th December 2022Name and address of the ClientEAC – LAKE VICTORIA BASIN COMMISSIONNew Nyanza Regional Headquarters, 13th Floor Owuor Otiende RoadP.O. BOX 1510 – 40100, Kisumu, KenyaName of Project and Project ID NumberNile Cooperation for Climate ...
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MWAUWASA of Tanzania Signs Project and Financing Agreement with LVBC

The Mwanza Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (MWAUWASA) of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT) signed the Project and Financing Agreement (PFA) with Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) in Mwanza City, URT, 23rd November 2022. MWAUWASA’s Managing Director, Eng. ...
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