Lake Victoria, is important as a source of fish, clean water, an avenue for transport and in scientific study. The nati ve fishery of the lake has collapsed, fish species diversity decreased and the environment of the lake deteriorated due to human activities. A Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project (LVEMP) was designed to realise a healthy and varied ecosystem of Lake Victoria which is inherently stable and capable of supporting, in a sustainable way the many human activities in the lake and its basin.
The fish biology and biodiversity conservation sub-component of LVEMP is to provide the knowlect'ge required for sustainable use of fisheries and conservation of biodiversity. This is to be achieved through improvement of infrastructure and manpower, providing
information in biology and ecology of fishes' and on biodiversity of flora and fauna, setting up conservation and education. facilities and demonstrations, preparing of information dissemination materials. and disseminating the info'rmation.
Improvement of infrastructure, manpower and planning involves procurement of equipment and supplies, identiiication and recruitment of project staff, procurement of consultants, long term (PhD & MSc) and short term training, project planning meetings, and conducting of national and regional technical review and harmonisation workshops.