World Wetlands Day in Kenya

07/05/2007

Lake Victoria


Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
Secretariat
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Kindly receive greetings from Nairobi, Kenya. I start by apologizing for the undue delay before submitting our report. Nevertheless, I would highly appreciate if the below information is posted on your website.

The Uranga Entity Institute (UEI) is an independent broad based public policy research project operated by the Uranga Development Action Group (UDAG). The UEI carries out its activities through advocacy, training and information dissemination. UEI promotes the view that innovation and culture are an integral part of environment management as well as being crucial to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

In recent times, to advocate for sustainable development, the UEI has adopted the slogan

Green in mind, Green in soul, Green in life.
Green Approaches for Sustainable Development

During the World Wetlands Day, the UEI carried out the following activities:

1. The production and distribution of the Uranga E Institute newsletter celebrating the contribution of fisheries to economic development.

2. Press release calling for the curtailing of illegal fishing on Africa’s shores and urging the release of innocent fishing ‘trespassers’ languishing in Africa’s jails.

3. Brochure highlighting the contribution of fisheries towards achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

4. Booklets on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

5. A visit to the shores of Lake Victoria with the purpose of familiarization with the needs of the fishermen and petty traders based at the Lake. Find the attached pictorials with the respective captions.

Please note I have numbered the attached photos and the caption will read as below:



The Lake Victoria provides a lifeline to millions of East Africans whose livelihoods can be easily destroyed by threats to the Lake.



The sun rises over Lake Victoria with each new day promising better gains for the entire Lake Region.



The shores of Lake Victoria provide a conducive and relaxing atmosphere as eateries and boat rides are dotted along.



Despite a ban by the Kisumu City Council on car washing on Lake Victoria, the practice is indeed common.



A local Kisumu resident turns away his head lamenting on the invasion of the Lake Victoria by the water hyacinth plant.



Fishermen in Lake Victoria go deep into the waters in search of depleted fish stocks.

I hope in the near future that Kenyans of all walks of life will appreciate the contribution of fisheries to the national economy.

Thanking you in advance for your time and co operation.

Yours Sincerely

Wilson Rading Outa
Uranga Entity Institute

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