Chinese not-for-profit environmental conservation organisation, Save the Wild Fund, has started operations to encourage companies to fund conservation projects around Lake Victoria.
Speaking at the launch in Uganda last week, Mr Tiang Clody Zhoo, chairman of Save the Wild Fund, told the audience that the organisation is partnering with selected local authorities in the Lake Victoria region, to lobby all Chinese companies operating in the country to contribute towards an environmental fund to plant trees around the Lake.
“We are encouraging all Chinese companies operating in Uganda to contribute towards the fund because for them to continue making profits from here, they need to maintain the environment today so that these resources are not depleted,” Zhoo said in a statement.
According to Zhoo, their strategy involves providing fruit and wood tree seedlings to local authorities around Lake Victoria to plant them on the borders of wetlands to segregate the land, while the fruits will provide income for communities in the area.
At the event, Vincent De Paul Kayanja, a chairman of the LVRLAC – a cooperative regional authority – said that their association was aiming to bring together local authorities in all the countries surrounding Lake Victoria, with a mandate to ensure that the Lake is carefully managed and does not get polluted.
This pledge echoed that of the 2013 Entebbe Declaration, which committed the association to plant three million trees across East Africa.
“Since 1997, we have raised membership of 130 local authorities in Kenya, Tanzania and soon we expect to be joined by Rwanda and Burundi since we all share Lake Victoria,” Kayanja said on Friday as they received a first batch of 10,000 tree seedlings.
There is a sense of optimism on the shores, as authorities get together to discuss plans and ideas on how best to conserve the famed Lake.