The Workshop on the Formulation of the African Strategy for the Sound Management of the Organs of Inland Waters of Africa, held from Monday 26 to Thursday, 29 March 2018 at the Africana Hotel in Kampala, Uganda, revealed the weaknesses the exploitation of inland waterways and water bodies in relation to fisheries resources.
And yet, Africa is endowed with innumerable resources that include natural and artificial rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, swamps, lagoons, and so on. These include Lake Victoria, Tanganyika, Chad, the Niger and Nile basins. “Despite these achievements, the potential of inland fisheries is under-evaluated,” said Ua-Bira Animal Resources Director Dr Nouala Simplice. It is this body, in collaboration with the Agency of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), with the participation of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (Lvfo) and the financial support of the Union. European Union (EU), which initiated this workshop which mobilized in the Ugandan capital 75 participants who are representatives of the Member States of the African Union, Regional Economic Communities (Cer). But also continental water management organizations and relevant members of the Ua-Bira staff, including experts, specialists, scientists, media men and communicators, as well as sustainable fisheries activists.
The objective of this important meeting was to formulate a pan-African strategy for an effective management of these riches that the States have in common and with the fishermen of the countries concerned. African states have justified the interest of the Kampala initiative by the decline in marine fisheries resources that pose a threat to food security. Conscious of this reality, they consider it necessary to invest in the continental fishery in order to fill the gap. The contribution of the fishing practiced in the waters of the African continent is estimated at 10,66% in nutrition, food safety and animal proteins. (…)