7th Mara Day Celebrations

Submitted by webmaster on Sun, 09/16/2018 - 11:49
The USAID Kenya East Africa (USAID/KEA) Deputy Mission Director, Patrick J. Wilson during Mara Day Celebrations 2018 - Kilgoris Kenya

The USAID Kenya East Africa (USAID/KEA) Deputy Mission Director, Patrick J. Wilson gives a speech during the 7th Mara Day Celebrations, Kilgoris , Narok County, Kenya

 

The USAID Kenya East Africa (USAID/KEA) Deputy Mission Director, Patrick J. Wilson, commended Lake Victoria Basin Commission on effective coordination of different stakeholders throughout the preparations and celebrations of the 7th Mara Day held in Kilgoris, Narok County, Republic of Kenya, 15th September 2018.

“I am very happy to tell you that our partners have almost fully taken over the cost of prepararing and hosting today’s event [7th Mara Day], with coordination support from the Lake Victoria Basin Commission,” said Patrick J. Wilson

He expressed his appreciations for the commitment of LVBC to “working with local communities – listening to the people who live here in the Mara River Basin and depend on it for their livelihoods.”

He lauded the innovative public-private partnership model exemplified by the Mara-Serengeti Hoteliers Forum, noting such approach ensures sustainability of the achieved conservations successes in Mara River Basin.

 

According to USAID/KEA Deputy Mission Director, 7th Mara Day Celebrations provide opportunities for inspirations, learning from shared successes and shared challenges and drawing renewed strategies and tools for protecting the shared resources—Mara River Basin—an ecosystem shared between United Republic of Tanzania and Republic of Kenya.

“I hope each of us leaves here today charged with new ideas and tools for protecting the shared resources of the Mara River Basin and improving the lives of all who live here,” he said.

 

In the same event, the LVBC Executive Secretary, Dr. Ally Said Matano recounted the genesis of Mara Day Celebrations, achieved conservation milestones, the importance of the theme: “Upstream--downstream—Mara River  Connects us all,”  among others.

He reminded the animated audience that the “Great Mara River is a great asset, not only for Kenya and Tanzania but internationally.”  He added, “the Great Mara River ecosystem is a home to over 1.2 million people and millions of wildlife—big and small.”

The Mara and Serengeti wildlife conservation attracts over USD 300 million in revenue annually.” He also alluded to the famous the August-September wildebeest migration as “a phenomenal sight, that is never seen anywhere in the world.”

 

However, LVBC Executive Secretary appealed to high level participants to the 7th Mara Day Celebrations to recommit towards saving the ailing Mara River Basin—upstream and down-stream. “What causes the ailing of this great gift from God?” Dr. Matano asked.

His prompt response was: “Human activities both upstream and downstream. A walk from the Naiuiyapui wetland, the source of Mara River down to the confluence on Amala and Nyangores River, down  into the Mara Game Reserve through Serengeti and Kirumi wetlands…the picture is the same.”

 

The Mara Day Celebrations weas attended by dignitaries from the Tanzania, Republic of Kenya, Lake Victoria Basin Commission, development partners, conservation agencies, private sector, civil sector players, media among others.


The Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria (SECOM) held on 4th May 2012 in Kigali, Rwanda designated 15th September of each years as a culmination of celebrations for Mara Day. Last Mara Day Celebrations were held in Butiama, Tanzania. The central objective of Mara Day celebrations is to raise public awareness of environmental conservations in Mara River Basin.

 



programs

  • Youth Celebrating the 3rd Mara Day in Narok County, Kenya

    PREPARED

    Youth Celebrating the 3rd Mara Day in Narok County, Kenya   The Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) is a medium-term, mu…
  • Water intake for Sengerema Town Water Treatment Plant, the United Republic of Tanzania

    LVWATSAN II

    Youth Celebrating the 3rd Mara Day in Narok County, Kenya   Lake Victoria Water Supply and Sanitation (LVWATSAN II) is the programme of the East African Community (EAC), coordinated by Lake Victor…
  • WIMA Memebers of Women In Modern Agriculture at a farm in Rarieda Sub-county, Siaya County Kenya

    LVEMP II

    WIMA Members of Women In Modern Agriculture at a farm in Rarieda Sub-county, Siaya County Kenya    Lake Victoria Management Project (LVEMP II) is an East African Community (EAC) Project, coordinat…
  • Educating on better farming approaches

    PHE

      Population, Health and Environment (PHE) is an approach to development that integrates health and environmental conservation initiatives in order to seek synergistic successes for greater conservat…

Events

  • Senior Officials Session of SECOM Kicks off in Entebbe, Uganda

    The 19th SECOM Kicks off in En…

        The 19th SECOM Kicks off in Entebbe, Republic of Uganda The Senior Officials Session of the Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria Basin (SECOM) kicked off, 18th June 2018 at Protea H…
  • Regional Population, Health & Environment Symposium 2017

    Regional Population, Health…

    Regional Population, Health & Environment Symposium 2017 - ENDED Dates  : 27th - 28th September, 2017 Venue : Imperial Golf View Hotel, Station Road Entebbe, Central Region, Entebbe, Uganda The …
  • lvbcon 2017

    LVBCON 2017

    Introduction   EAC Partner States through the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) plan to hold a research/scientific conference that will be held in Mwanza, Tanzania on the 15th – 16th February,…
  • Regional Population, Health & Environment Symposium 2017

    Regional Population, Health…

    Regional Population, Health & Environment Symposium 2017 Dates  : 27th - 28th September, 2017 [ENDED] Venue : Imperial Golf View Hotel, Station Road Entebbe, Central Region, Entebbe, Uganda Th…
  • lvwatsan

    LVWATSAN PROJECT LAUNCH | 12/5…

    Lake Victoria Basin covers an area of 250,000 km2 with the lake taking 68,000  km2. The basin has a population of 35 - 40 million people, with rapidly growing secondary towns, which has resulted in:  …

news

  • LVBC/DISP/17-18/2019 - DISPOSA…

    Our Ref: LVBC/DISP/17-18/2019 Date: 12th March 2019 FOR SALE “AS IS WHERE IS” INVITATION TO BID TO PURCHASE OF USED MOTOR VEHICLES: CD1EAC4 – SUZUKI VITARA AND CD1EAC14 – TOYOTA LAND CRUISER The…
    Read More
  • Uganda Parmanent Secretary for Water & Environment handing over EAC Flag to Rwanda's Parmanent Secretary for Environment

    Republic of Uganda hands over…

      The Republic of Uganda which has been chairing the Joint Regional Policy Steering Committee Meetings (JRPSC) for Lake Victoria Basin handed over the chairmanship to the Republic of Rwanda, February…
    Read More
  • 20th Nile Day Celebrations

    20th Nile Day Celebrations Hig…

      The 20 Nile Day Celebrations held on 22nd February 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda featured interventions coordinated regionally by Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) in the 5 Partner States of the East…
    Read More
  • MV K Palm

    LVBC Condoles with Ugandans o…

    Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) Executive Secretary, Dr. Ally Said Matano expresses his condolences to the people of the Republic of Uganda following the tragic accident of a cruise ship in Lake…
    Read More
  • Dr Matano, LVBC Executive Secretary handing over signed MoU with School Managers, Tarime, Tanzania

    Maasai-Mara Schools Sign MoU w…

    Fourteen (14) Schools from the Maasai Mara and Sengereti regions of two East African Partner States— The Republic of Kenya and United Republic of Tanzania— on 22nd October 2018 signed a Memorandum of…
    Read More
  • Members of LVEMP II RPSC Meeting, 10-12th September 2018, Entebbe, Republic of Uganda

    EAC Partner States Take Owners…

      Opening the Regional Policy Steering Committee Meeting (RPSC), a policy guiding forum for projects implementation and coordination, LVBC Executive Secretary, Dr. Ally Said Matano, expressed his app…
    Read More


SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER



Find Us

Submitted by admin on Sat, 10/29/2016 - 21:39

East African Community,
Lake Victoria Basin Commission,
Off Kenyatta Highway,
New Nyanza Regional Headquarters,
13TH FLOOR,
P.O BOX 1510-40100,
Kisumu, Kenya
Tel:   +254 57 202 6344,
        +254 57 202 3873,
        +254 57 202 3894,
Fax: +254 57 202 6324
Email: lvbc@lvbcom.org