Ownership and co-management: towards the integrated management of Lake Victoria

Onyango, P.O. (2000) Ownership and co-management: towards the integrated management of Lake Victoria. In: Geheb, K. and Crean, K. (eds.) The Co-management Survey: co-managerial perspectives for lake Victoria's fisheries. Jinja, Uganda, Socio-economic Data Working Group of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Research Project, pp. 108-116. (LVFRP Technical Document,11)

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Abstract

The management of Lake Victoria is a high priority to the riparian countries that benefit directly from its resources. Management regulations have been formulated and implemented with the aim of maintaining the lake's ecological quality as well as sustaining fisheries exploitation for economic gain. Results indicate, however, that the regulations have not been successful in maintaining the state of the lake's ecosystem nor the fisheries. There has been a continuing decline in fish catches as well as declining biodiversity. Currently, the riparian countries are considering the introduction of a co-management regime as an alternative managerial strategy to address the lake's problems. In this paper it is argued that the failure of the former management regulations was because ownership of the lake was not clearly defined. It is further argued that even if co-management were to be successfully instituted, it will yield very minimal results if the problem of ownership is not properly addressed. This paper explores the ownership status of the lake based on data collected in Tanzania, and examines the relationship between, and significance of, ownership and co-management. The research makes recommendations for how these concepts can contribute to an integrated management of the lake

Item Type: Book Section
Title: Ownership and co-management: towards the integrated management of Lake Victoria
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Onyango, P.O.
Title of Book: The Co-management Survey: co-managerial perspectives for lake Victoria's fisheries
Editors:
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Geheb, K.
Crean, K.
Series Name: LVFRP Technical Document
Number: 11
Page Range: pp. 108-116
Date: 2000
Publisher: Socio-economic Data Working Group of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Research Project
Place of Publication: Jinja, Uganda
Projects: Lake Victoria Fisheries Research Project Phase II
Funders: European Development Fund (7ACP-RPR-372)
Institution: Lake Victoria Fisheries Research Project Phase II
Issuing Agency: Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization
Additional Information: LVFRP/TECH/00/11
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa, Lake Victoria; biodiversity; exploitation; fishery regulations; resource management; riparian environments
Subjects: Management
Law
Fisheries
Environment
Item ID: 3744
Depositing User: Ms Maria Kalentsits
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2010 09:57
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:56
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/3744

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