The Star (Nairobi)

6 July 2012

Kenya: LVEMP in a Sh15 Million Water Hyacinth War

SOME Sh15 million has been released to fight water hyacinth in Lake Victoria and for conservation of the Nyando Basin. THE Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project phase channeled the money through about 200 groups formed by the communities involved in conservation projects in the two areas. "The money was divided amongst the groups that have been formed. These are the groups that came up with the best ideas that if implemented, they will reduce the pollution in the lake and lead to the reduction of water hyacinth," said Richard Sigei, the projects' national focal point officer yesterday.

Sigei further said that 80M shillings have also been earmarked to be disbursed to other projects the locals will establish in a bid boost their economy as well as preserving the riparian zones of Lake Victoria. "We want the community to form other viable groups so as to benefit from the money yet to be disbursed. Preservation of the lake basin should be owned by the residents themselves."Sigei added.

Speaking in Eldoret during the LVEMPII workshop, he said that is planning to purchase a modern machine that will help in uprooting the hyacinth in the lake. He said that navigation is impossible in the lake and the community groups formed will lead to the decrease of the weed. "The groups came up with good projects and we are funding them because they are viable and it will help fighting the menace at the lake."Sigei hoped.

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