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

Lake Victoria Water Supply and Sanitation (LVWATSAN II) is the programme of the East African Community (EAC), coordinated by Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) implemented in 15 towns of the 5 Partner States of the Community. The African Development Bank ...
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EVENTS




NEWS

ACC- LVB PROJECT WAS SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTED: SAYS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FROM FIVE EAST AFRICAN PARTNER STATES. 

Senior government officials from five East African Partner States have hailed Lake Victoria basin commission (LVBC) for the successful implementation of the Adapting to Climate change project in the Lake Victoria Basin (ACC- LVB) The officials from the Republic of ...
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MINISTRY OF EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS FROM THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA APPLAUDS LVBC’S ROLE IN PROJECTS IMPLEMENTATIONS

The Permanent secretary in the Ministry of East African Community Affairs in the Republic of Uganda Hon Edith Mwanje has applauded Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) on the implementation of projects and programmes within the Lake Victoria Basin.  Hon Mwanje ...
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LVBC March 2024 Monthly Review

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SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF LAKE VICTORIA       BASIN WATER INFORMATION SYSTEM (LVB WIS) SERVER EQUIPMENT

EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY LAKE VICTORIA BASIN COMMISSION Country:            EAST AFRICA COMMUNITY (EAC) Project Title:    LAKE VICTORIA BASIN INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME (LVB-IWRMP) Tender Name:     SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF LAKE VICTORIA BASIN WATER INFORMATION SYSTEM (LVB WIS) SERVER EQUIPMENT Date:                       16TH MARCH 2024 Reference No.:      LVBC/IWRM/ GDS/23-24/12 Reference No.:      LVBC/IWRM/ ...
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PREQUALIFICATION NOTICE FOR BIDDERS/CONTRACTORS – CONSTRUCTION OF MWANZA SEWER CONNECTION UPGRADE WORK KFW Procurement No.PN33326 ;MWAUWASA Procurement No.AE/042/2023-2024/W/43

MWANZA URBAN WATER AND SANITATION AUTHORITY Financial Cooperation between the East African Community (EAC) and the Federal Republic of Germany Invitation for Prequalification of Bidders / Contractors Date:                                                   08/03/2024 Project Name:                                     Mwanza Sewer Connection Upgrade Employer:                                           Mwanza Urban Water and ...
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LVBC DEVELOPS GENDER MAINSTREAMING STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN 

Lake Victoria Basin Commission has developed Gender Mainstreaming Strategy and Action Plan (2024-2028).  This plan is guided by two key principles that relate to gender equality which are Gender equality in development and decision making, equity, partnership and collaboration and ...
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