The Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) _is a regional organization under the East African Community (EAC) that is responsible for coordinating and managing fisheries and aquaculture resources of the East African Community. The organization was formed through a Convention signed in 1994 by the three EAC Partner States of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and has since been revised to accommodate all partner states of the EAC.
The Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA) was launched in December 2008. The overall objective is to ensure the protection and conservation of the biological diversity and sustainable use of the natural resources of Lake Tanganyika and its basin. To achieve the overall objectives of the Convention on the Sustainable Management of Lake Tanganyika (the Convention), a Strategic Action Program was developed and endorsed by the four riparian countries.
The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative focuses on the economic benefits of land and land-based ecosystems. The initiative highlights the value of sustainable land management and provides a global approach for analysis of the economics of land degradation. It aims to make economics of land degradation an integral part of policy strategies and decision making by increasing the political and public awareness of the costs and benefits of land and land-based ecosystems.
BirdLife International is a global partnership of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to conserve birds, their habitats, and global biodiversity by working with people toward the sustainable use of natural resources. The BirdLife Africa Partnership is a growing network of organizations with more than 500 staff and 87,000 members.
In response to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the Community Water Initiative (CWI) was launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2004 in seven countries (Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Mauritania, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Uganda), and was recently expanded to three new countries (Mali, Niger and Senegal).
ARCOS is the only regional conservation organization solely focused on biodiversity conservation in the Albertine Rift. Its overall goal is to enhance the conservation of critical ecosystems and promote sustainable development in the Albertine Rift through collaborative actions between various regional partners.
The Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA) has been developed through a collaboration of institutions with input generously provided by scientists and practitioners from multiple disciplines. The toolkit provides accessible guidance on low-cost methods for how to evaluate the benefits people receive from nature at particular sites in order to generate information that can be used to influence decision making.
The Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is a specialized technical office of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) of the African Union Commission (AUC). AU-IBAR 's mandate is to support and coordinate the utilization of livestock, fisheries and wildlife as resources for both human wellbeing and economic development in the Member States of the African Union (AU). Despite sustained efforts and commitment over many decades by AU-IBAR and others, the potential of animal resources in the fight against poverty and the development of Africa is still underutilized.
The Lake Victoria Nile Perch (NP - Lates niloticus) fishery is the most valuable freshwater fishery in Africa and since the 1990s has supported an export-orientated fishery that generates a significant source of revenue for the population of the three riparian countries. The catch of NP has averaged 250,000 tonnes per year for the last two decades. During the last decade, the fishery has faced serious problems of debt and overfishing and high levels of non-compliance to regulations in the fishing and post-harvest sub-sectors.