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Pollution Control and Other Measures to Protect Biodiversity of Lake Tanganyika (LTBP)

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Lake Tanganyika is one of the world?s great lakes and it has an important role in the economies of Burundi, Tanzania, Zaire, and Zambia. The most immediate threats to the lake environment and biota are pollution from excess loads of sediment and nutrients caused by erosion in the watershed, industrial and urban pollution including boat discharges and intensive fishing with inappropriate methods.
GEF ID: 398
Project Category: River/Lake
Project Description:

Lake Tanganyika is one of the world?s great lakes and it has an important role in the economies of Burundi, Tanzania, Zaire, and Zambia. It possesses perhaps the highest biodiversity of any lake on Earth. The lake is very vulnerable to pollution because of its natural characteristics, and there are presently few efforts to conserve its biodiversity. The most immediate threats to the lake environment and biota are pollution from excess loads of sediment and nutrients caused by erosion in the watershed, industrial and urban pollution including boat discharges and intensive fishing with inappropriate methods. These problems and their effects are increasing, and others such as oil exploration and transportation on the lake cause concern. Immediate attention is required to assess and control pollution and protect biodiversity. This five-year project aims to improve understanding of the ecosystem function and effect of the stresses on the lake system; and to co-ordinate the efforts of the four countries to control pollution and to prevent the loss of the exceptional diversity of Lake Tanganyika. This is being done by establishing a regional framework for cooperation, including endeavours to harmonise legislation; investigating pollution including sources, effects and control; and investigating biodiversity and conservation measures leading to the setting up of protected areas as underwater parks. Activities closely involve government environmental ministries and agencies, and sectoral departments; a major objective is to strengthen national capabilities and community participation. The project is supported by international and local staff and contractors. NGOs are involved primarily through community education and conservation, and the private sector through promotion of tourism and the control of industrial pollution. Provision has been made to continue the work of the project after its life by a regionally cooperating organization

 


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http://www.ltbp.org
Sub-Region: Eastern Africa, Middle Africa
Basin:
Ecosystem: Lake
Project Contacts:
  • Mr. Benoit Bihamiriza
    Regional Coordinator, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS),
  • Mr. Andrew Menz
    Deputy Regional Director, Europe and Middle East, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS),
  • Mr. Abdoulaye Ndiaye
    Regional Coordinator, West Africa, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),
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Project Documents:
Lake Tanganyika
General Information:
Project Type FSP
Project Status Project Completion
Start Date
Nov 30, 1991 06:00 AM
End Date
Oct 01, 1998 12:00 AM
 
GEF characteristic:
Operational Programme 9
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project 10.00M US$
Total Cost of the project: 10.00M US$
 
Partners:
Countries: Burundi, Congo The Democratic Republic of, Tanzania United Republic of, Zambia
Lead Implementing Agency United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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