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2021 Annual Meeting of the
African Great Lakes Stakeholder Network:

Highlighting the Scientific, Research, and Policy Needs on the African Great Lakes 

December 7-9, 2021, Virtual


The African Great Lakes Stakeholder Network is a highly collaborative group of freshwater and large lakes experts from around the world. At the heart of the network is over 100 African Great Lakes members who are, together, addressing the most critical issues on these seven lakes which hold over 25% of the world's freshwater and support millions of people.

Scientific meetings are an integral part of the scientific process, and help facilitate collaboration, idea sharing, harmonization of research and management, and trust between members. To make a larger impact on research, policy, and management of global, large, freshwater lakes, meetings must consistently reoccur and host credible participation of reputable professionals, and attendance by a diverse community. Thus, the intent of the African Great Lakes Stakeholder Network is for members of the African Great Lakes scientific community, along with advice, perspectives, and guidance from the larger global community, to meet annually to address the biggest challenges to our multi-jurisdictional freshwater systems.


As experts, our need to work collaboratively is paramount. To ensure the sustained heath of freshwater resources, we must work across borders so that individual interests do not supersede the needs of larger communities that rely on these resources. We must ensure consistent and long-term scientific inquiry takes place so that we have the ability to make positive decisions based on information that is more complete. When we work together, our collective knowledge, passion, and resources allow us to solve the challenges that threaten these resources.

During this 2021 Annual Meeting you will be updated on the past year's progress of the six advisory groups which are made up of experts from the ten riparian countries of the African Great Lakes.

The African Great Lakes Stakeholders Network, and this meeting, are facilitated by the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education and developed, informed, and advised by the partners and experts working on the African Great Lakes

2021 Annual Meeting


Annual Meeting Agenda
Updated: September 15, 2021

This meeting is open to the public. You can register below, it is free to attend.

Day 1 (3.5 hours)

December 7, 2021

 7am Central // 8am Eastern // 3pm CAT // 4pm EAT

  • Opening Remarks - Dr. Kevin Obiero and Dr. Ted Lawrence

  • Overview, background, and purpose - Dr. Ted Lawrence

  • COVID-19: Impacts, adaptation, and lessons learned - Professor Cyprian Katongo (planned)

  • Advisory Group updates: 

    • Lake Victoria Advisory Group - Dr. Anthony Taabu-Munyaho, Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization, Uganda

    • Lake Edward Albert Advisory Group - Professor Mulongaibalu Mbalassa, Official University of Bukavu,          Democratic Republic of the Congo

    • Lake Kivu Advisory Group - ​Professor Fabrice Muvundja, Catholic University of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    • Lake Malawi/Niassa/Nyasa Basin Fisheries & Aquaculture Network - Dr. Geoffrey Chavula, University of Malawi, Malawi

    • Lake Tanganyika Science Advisory Group - Dr. Ismael Kimirei, Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute, Tanzania

    • Lake Turkana Advisory Group - Dr. Kevin Obiero, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Keny 

  • Summary and close of day 1

Day 2 (3.5 hours)

December 8, 2021

7am Central // 8am Eastern // 3pm CAT // 4pm EAT 


  • Recap of Day 1 and introduction of Day 2 - Dr. Ted Lawrence

  • African Women in Science Program: An overview - Dr. Lulu Tunu Kaaya

  • Strengthening the Global Freshwater Community - models for long-term approaches to the AGL

    • Mekong River Basin Commission - Dr. So Nam​

    • Great Lakes Fishery Commission - Dr. Marc Gaden

    • Laguna Lake Development Authority - Ms. Adelina Santos-Borja

    • International Institute for Sustainable Development - Experimental Lakes Area - Dr. Matt McCandless

    • Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization - Drs. Edward Rukuunya

    • United Nations - World Water Quality Alliance - Drs. Ken Irvine and Andrew Gemmell

  • Meeting-wide discussion of harmonization between global approaches and African Great Lakes needs and processes - Facilitated

  • Summary and close of day 2

Day 3 (2 hours)

December 9, 2021

7am Central // 8am Eastern // 3pm CAT // 4pm EAT 

  • Welcome

  • Approaches and collaborations to solve critical issues on the African Great Lakes

  • Summary, findings, and resolutions

  • Closing - (guest TBD)



Welcome to the registration of the African Great Lakes Stakeholder Network Annual Meeting. We look forward to seeing you, even if just virtually.


Partners and Sponsors

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Organization committee and contacts

Meeting Contact, Questions, and Inquiries

Ted Lawrence:

ACARE Business Office: 

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