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



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

Day 1


Transport to Conference Centre


Day 2

Plenary Session: Overview, background, and purpose

Conference-wide social

Day 3

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

Lake group socials

Day 4

Plenary: Summary, resources, and the way forward

Late-afternoon, transport to airport


 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 read Travel and Logistics (below) for information on reservations


Travel and Logistics


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

Transportation to/from the Meeting Venue

Transportation will be provided from the airport to the conference venue and back.


All participants are responsible for their own visa arrangements.

Registration Fee

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


Rooms at the conference location have been set aside for the purposes of this workshop; there are also nearby accomodations and various price points. 


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

Ted Lawrence (USA), Jess Ives (Canada), Steph Smith (USA),

Local Organizing Committee

Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (Uganda), National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (Uganda)

Conference Contact

Ted Lawrence:

ACARE Business Office: 

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