Kenya “Lake Victoria Comprehensive Ecosystem and Aquatic Environment Research for Development Project” kick-off meeting

Tomoka Tawara
Institute of Tropical Medicine

On February 3, 2014, a kick-off meeting was held in collaboration with the Faculty of Fisheries and the School of Engineering along with Maseno University in Kenya to mark the beginning of the “Lake Victoria Comprehensive Ecosystem and Aquatic Environment Research for Development Project” joint venture.

Representatives from the Natural Environmental Management Authority – Kenya, the Prime Minister’s Office, the embassies of Japan in Kenya, the JICA Kenya Office, five prefectural governors, and affiliates of Maseno University attended the meeting, along with 150 people including Nagasaki University’s president, staff from the Faculty of Fisheries and the School of Engineering, and the Africa Research Station. In addition to introducing the project outline at the conference, the Beach Management Unit (known as the Fisheries Cooperative Association in Japan) which will take part in the activities was visited and the current state of markets was inspected. For lunch during the conference, fish caught from Lake Victoria was served.

In addition to supplying drinking water, Lake Victoria is used for fishery products and is utilized by fisheries. It is an absolutely essential aspect of the locals’ lives. This project is scheduled for two years, and, as a base of operations, we set up offices and laboratories on the Maseno campus where four members of Nagasaki University’s faculty reside and work alongside Kenyan institutions.

 

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