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The International Association of Great Lakes Research

Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

June 18-22, 2018

The African Center for Aquatic Research and Education hosted a session titled Emerging Partnerships, Research, and Capacity in the African Great Lakes at the IAGLR 2018 Toronto conference. The session concluded with a one hour facilitated discussion among key participants and interested IAGLR attendees, focusing on the subjects of strengthening partnerships and collaboration and capacity building around the African Great Lakes.


Session description:

The African Great Lakes are hydrologically and ecologically diverse, species rich, and directly support millions of people.  These lakes, like those of all freshwater systems globally, face a set of challenges that have been studied over many decades. Among these challenges are a lack of coordinated research, a dearth of future freshwater experts, and inadequate resources to facilitate effective management. This session will focus both on results of research that has been conducted on the African Great Lakes, and also the benefits and challenges of conducting research in Africa. The African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE), a newly created non-profit, intends to facilitate a long-term, perpetual process of collaboration between freshwater experts globally for the purpose of enhancing and harmonizing research, growing a global network of partners, training the next generation of African freshwater experts, and positively influencing freshwater management and policy on the African Great Lakes. 

For more information on the session, contact Ted Lawrence; for more information on the IAGLR conference, including attendance, registration, and the entire program, click here

The ACARE Session is co-chaired by Ted Lawrence (1,2), Dr. Robert Hecky (3,5), and Jess Ives (4)

1) African Center for Aquatic Research and Education

2) Great Lakes Fishery Commission

3) University of Minnesota - Duluth

4) University of Windsor

5) Journal of Great Lakes Research

* (accessed February 5, 2018)

The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) "is a scientific organization made up of researchers studying the Laurentian Great Lakes, other large lakes of the world, and their watersheds, as well as those with an interest in such research. IAGLR members encompass all scientific disciplines with a common interest in the management of large lake ecosystems on many levels."*​ Annually, IAGLR holds a conference in which hundreds of scientists and other professionals from a wide variety of disciplines attend to address topics concerning research and management of freshwater systems.

The Scientists

Kevin Obiero*

PhD student

University of Natural Resource and Life Sciences, Austria


Centre Director

Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute

*Kevin has been awarded the IAGLR International Student Travel Scholarship, which covers much of his travel costs. Thanks IAGLR!

Friday Njaya


Fisheries Planning and
Development Division

Malawi Fisheries Department

Isaac  Nyameke

Executive Director

Ghana Aquaculture and Fish Network

Alfred Achieng


Department of Fisheries and
Aquatic Science

University of Eldoret, Kenya

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