Over the past 5+ years, LTS worked with the East African Community (EAC), 5 Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda), Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and other government institutions to support the landscape-scale freshwater biodiversity interventions of the Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) Project. Supported by USAID, PREPARED project aim was to strengthen the resilience and sustainability of East African economies, transboundary freshwater ecosystems and communities in Lake Victoria Basin (LVB), a high priority biodiversity area in East Africa that is also among the most at risk from human activity. The basin has undergone enormous environmental changes within the last 50 years. Because of these changes, biodiversity is characterized by endemism, presence of endangered species, and isolated or relict population of unique species.
The 5 year project (February 2013 to March 2018), had three main components; climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation, and water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). LTS supported the biodiversity component and used its regional knowledge and decades of experience in transboundary biodiversity conservation in East Africa to build the capacity of EAC and LVBC, national governments and communities to sustainably manage biodiversity within the LVB and cope with climate change uncertainty. We provided the framework for developing, testing and sustaining reliable, simple and practical biodiversity conservation tools and approaches that helped government institutions in East Africa to better plan and manage biodiversity in the basin. The key outcome of our work was “Improved natural resource management of 510,918 hectares of biologically significant area (BSAs) in LVB”. This outcome was achieved through a combination of many biodiversity interventions in selected BSAs identified by the Ecosystem Profile Assessment (EPA) of LVB that was conducted by LTS on the onset of the project. In addition to identifying the interventions, EPA also provides technical experts and policy makers with a summary of terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity resources within the LVB and the most critical threats to these resources. Read More about the Ecosystems Profile Assessment Report here…
From the start of the project, LTS recognized the need to reduce biodiversity threats through a multi-faceted approach and providing opportunities for people to diversify their livelihoods as the population in the Basin continues to grow. Currently, the Basin hosts a population of approximately 30 million people. Using a multi-sectoral stakeholder participatory process, LTS was able to able to:
Early results attributed to implementation of PREPARED Best Practices, the case of Lake Nabugabo Ramsar site, Uganda
Reports from Nature Uganda and Wetland Management Department, Uganda show that the CIP for Lake Nabugabo Ramsar site has added value to planning at district level and allocation of resources committed to Lake Nabugabo Ramsar site management.
As a result of LTS work:
Overall, the integration of biodiversity conservation needs and targets into broader development agenda of the EAC was strengthened. The early results of applying economic valuation, management planning and CIPs in the LVB have confirmed the immense potential of these tools to guide different aspects of decision making and actions in East Africa as demonstrated by the Lake Nabugabo Case Study. LTS will continue to work with government and non government organizations in EAC and leveraging on PREPARED best practices, promote the replication and scaling of these practices in support of conservation of biodiversity in LVB and East Africa in general.
Download PREPARED Biodiversity Component Documents:
(1) Conservation Investment Plans
(2) Ecosystem management plans
Lake Nabugabo Wetland System Ramsar Site Management Plan2017 – 2027 here
(3) Economic valuation reports
Wildlife Information Landscape Database (WILD)
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