The principles and tools guiding ACARE


In the past five years there have been numerous efforts created by experts globally which describe the needs, tools, and knowledge for improving the health of large freshwater resources. Such efforts have largely focused on resources in developing nations and the African Great Lakes, which support the livelihoods of millions of people.


Two of these major efforts, The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and The Rome Declaration: Ten Steps to Responsible Inland Fisheries, help guide ACARE and its partners in their efforts to enhance the health of the African Great Lakes and the millions of people who depend on them.


The below goals and steps are used as guides; we've adopted the tools, objectives, principles, and at times, the spirit of many of the goals and steps. Where necessary, we have adapted our goals to fit more appropriately. The rationale for sharing them here is to demonstrate that the calls to improve our world are being done so by experts globally, and we heed their calls, advise, and direction to better the natural resources on which millions of people depend. 

On this page we outline how we use the SDGs and The Rome Declaration in our work.  


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Description of what the SDGs are etc

The African Center for Aquatic Research and Education uses the SDGs as a guide to help accomplish 

ACARE uses [4] of the goals actively to address freshwater resources, the results of which will be most of the other SDGs to be fulfilled. 

ACARE experts had to first categorize the SDGs as either tools, goals, or outcomes of successfully accomplished goals. For example, ACARE uses SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals as a tool to directly address other goals. When these goals are accomplished, other goals are realized (see below).

The Rome Declaration: Ten Steps to Responsible Inland Fisheries


Description of the Rome Declaration

The African Center for Aquatic Research and Education uses the Rome Declaration as a guide to help accomplish 

United Nations

Sustainable Development Goals

The Rome Declaration: Ten Steps to Responsible Inland Fisheries

7. Develop collaborative approaches to cross-sectoral integration in development agendas


ACARE is not calling for partnerships, we are initiating a highly collaborative network on which hundreds of experts globally will systematically prioritize, study, and gather and exchange relevant scientific information to positively change policy and management on the African Great Lakes. ACARE is using SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals and The Rome Declaration's Step 7 as process mechanisms in which to impact the African Great Lakes. This goal and this step are specifically what ACARE is doing to make the African Great Lakes better.

These collaborative mechanisms will lead to:

4. Develop and improve science-based approaches to fishery management

5. Improve communication among freshwater user

As part of ACARE's process, we are using two of The Rome Declaration's Steps to lead to healthy African Great Lakes. Through the collaboratrive network of freshwater experts, we are developing improved science-based approaches and improving knowledge exchange. The specific processes can be found here.

One of ACARE's major efforts is to enhance education and training of freshwater exprts in the African Great Lakes region, and globally, to address the challenges that negatively affect the AGL. ACARE's collaborative efforts will bring together academic and training centers to create a comprehensive forum for strengthening knolwedge on freshwater systems.


ACARE is creating opportunities for women to engage in science, historically weighted towards men. The processes of networking and partnerships are at the core of ACARE's mission, and we are developing opportunities for early career women and students to engage with the larger global freshwater community.


8. Respect equity and rights of stakeholders

Equity and rights of stakeholders will include gender equality and ensuring voices of all stakeholders are heard, both from the perspective of government and political hierarchies, gender dynamics, and social orders.

In addressing some of the largest freshwater resources on the planet, experts will be addressing water quality issues directly. Sanitation is important and will likely be addressed along with SDG 11 and 15, as land-based activities (such as industrial activity) and farming (run-off) both heavily impact these lakes. 

1. Improve the assessment of biological production to enable science-based management

2. Correctly value inland aquatic ecosystems

6. Improve governance, especially for shared waterbodies

10. Develop an action plan for global inland fisheries

Protecting the biodiversity and ensuring sustainable use of the resources for the people who depend on them are the drivers for ACARE's existence. To protect these resources, The Rome Declarations includes three specific steps to address this SDG. 

The process will include the improvement of assessing biological production, valuing the aquatic ecosystems of the AGL, and developing action plans. All of this will strengthen science and thus lead to improved governance of these shared waterbodies through more comprehesive, available, and widely shared information.


Life on land will 

3. Promote the nutritional value of inland fisheries

9. Make aquaculture an important ally

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