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Strengthening Capacity in Research, Policy, and Management through Development of a Network of African Great Lakes Basin Stakeholders


Entebbe, Uganda

NOVEMBER 5-7, 2019

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Workshop Organizers

Partners, sponsors, and collaborators

Lake Victoria

Fisheries Organization

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National Fisheries Resources Research Institute

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African Center for Aquatic Research and Education

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African Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries

  Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources 


Kenyan Marine and Fisheries Research Institute


The Nature Conservancy

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Great Lakes Fishery Commission


Large Lakes Observatory - University of Minnesota


Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute

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IHE-Delft: United Nations - Institute for Water Education


Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences 


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Purpose and Background

This workshop will create lake-specific advisory groups of freshwater experts on each African Great Lake to serve as mechanisms for consistent, regular, and extensive collaboration and communications.

These lake advisory groups will identify the most pressing research needs on each of the African Great Lakes. 

Research today is about partnerships and networks to share data, ideas, infrastructure, and, where necessary, costs. Researchers need to collaborate across disciplines and among universities and organizations around the world. Big questions and big problems require international efforts. Collaborative research networks constitute the basis for international understanding.

The planned workshop is a direct result of efforts in identifying challenges on the African Great Lakes and looking at successful collaborations on multi-jurisdictional lakes, including the Laurentian Great Lakes' Lake Committee process on which this process is based; the collaboration on Lake Victoria, coordinated by the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization; and the collaboration on Lake Tanganyika through the Lake Tanganyika Authority. 

The critical outcome of this workshop will be the creation of a long-term process for consistent and regular collaboration and communications among experts on each African Great Lake

Each lake advisory group will then be tasked with:

  • Prioritization of research and research needs

  • Harmonization of:

    • Research approaches and data collection

    • Existing research resources, stations, and personnel

  • Accumulation of financial and research resources, from regional and global resources, to address prioritized research on each African Great Lake

The purpose of this process is so each lake can produce long-term, comparable, and peer reviewed data that can be used to positively influence policy and management.



Conference at a glance

Arrival: November 4th 

Transport to Conference Centre


Day 1: November 5th

Plenary Session: Overview, background, and purpose

Conference-wide social

Day 2: November 6th

Lake-specific break-out groups: Needs, structure, and development

Lake group socials

Day 3: November 7th

Plenary: Summary, resources, and the way forward

Late-afternoon depart


This workshop and conference will create African Great Lakes-specific advisory groups.  Membership of each lake-group is by invitation only. All are welcome to the workshop as observers, to network during breaks, and to strategically assist in this process. 

The registration fee is 500 USD for those not supported by ACARE. Contact ACARE for opportunities for reduced registration for some participants (e.g. students, non-profits, other organizations, experts). 

Please note: Those that have previously registered for the Malawi-based workshop, you do NOT need to register again. You will be contacted by workshop organizers. If you have not been contacted by August 16th, please reach out to 




Entebbe, Uganda

Imperial Golf View Hotel

Please read Travel and Logistics (below) for information on reservations

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Committee and Contact

Travel and Logistics


Flights for invited participants will be conducted by the event organizers. Please contact  

Transportation to/from the Meeting Venue

Transportation from the airport to the workshop hotel is a short taxi ride. 


All participants are responsible for their own visa arrangements. You can find more visa information here; You can apply for an on-line visa (if required) here: ACARE and its partners are not responsible for the content on the aforementioned pages.

Registration Fee

Registration is free for invited guests; 500 USD for those not supported by ACARE*.

Accommodation: Imperial Golf View Hotel

Rooms for invited participants will be arranged by ACARE.


Rooms at the Imperial Golf View Hotel have been set aside for the purposes of this workshop. If you are reserving your own room, please contact Ronald Ssenyondwa or +256 752 744 208 with "ACARE Workshop" in the subject line.

There are also nearby accommodations at various price points throughout Entebbe. Participants should contact the hotel (or their preferred place-of-stay) directly.


It is required to have your Yellow Fever vaccine and proof when entering Uganda. Malaria is a concern and obtaining and taking prophylaxis is encouraged. Please consult a travel clinic for further information. 


Credit cards are accepted only in some banks. So, bringing cash in dollars is a recommendation to avoid financial problems during the meeting. We also recommend that you change money to local currency upon arrival at the airport.

*Contact ACARE for reduced price options. 

Organization committee and contacts

International Organizing Committee

African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (USA/Canada):

Ted Lawrence (Focal person), Jess Ives (logistics), Steph Smith (logistics)

Local Organizing Committee

The Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (Jinja, Uganda)

Dr. Robert Kayanda (Focal person) and Ms. Claire Mukobi (logistics)

National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (Jinja, Uganda)

Conference Contact

Ted Lawrence:

ACARE Business Office: 

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African Center for Aquatic Research and Education

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