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Adaptation Strategies and Challenges Associated with Climate and Ecological Changes to the Lake Victoria Community in Tanzania (ACCCA)

Submitted by Michael Rastall 11th October 2012 14:17


This project aims to implement sustainable adaptation alternatives in the fishing communities of the Lake Victoria region in order to restore food and income generation supporting activities. The stakeholders are district-level government officials and three communities that are facing scarcity of clean and safe water and poor crop yield. Through participatory processes, this initiative seeks to: highlight sustainability and environmental problems associated with current fishing strategies; provide communities with sustainable methodologies to cope with fish shortages and changes in water level and quality; introduce fish farming techniques and new groundwater sources through pilot projects; and introduce woodlots systems and biogas for cooking. (In the image: Bukanda river has changed from being the second largest river in the district to be a small channel with vast dry banks now used for agricultural activities and pasture land OR Fish shortage being tackled by late evening activities).

Adaptation Options

This project explores the adaptation potential for agriculture, livestock production, fish farming, water quality & scarcity and energy sources, such as biogas. The use of new crop varieties and the encouragement of fish farming practices are amongst the suggested adaptations strategies, including the introduction of irrigation schemes around the lake and alternative water sources, such as deep wells.