29 October 2012

East Africa: EA Challenged to Support Science Research

Kampala — East African Community (EAC) countries have been challenged to invest more resources in science, technology and innovation to enable scientist carryout research aimed at enhancing economic development.

Scientist who met in Kampala during the 3rd scientific conference on development innovations said if science research and innovations are supported, it will reduce pressure on the Lake Victoria basin.

According to Professor Shaukat Abdulrazil the Executive Secretary of National Council for Science and Technology Kenya , science technology and innovations play vital roles towards economic development for the community.

He argues that less support has been provided by the member states despite having many institutions that can carry out research development and innovations.

"EAC has no facilities for science technology and innovations in research institutes and some universities that are important for regional innovations activities can do better but are not supported," said Abdulrazil.

Shukat noted without supporting science innovations through research and development the EAC countries will not overcome the major challenges that the Lake Victoria basin is facing.

He pointed out climatic change diseases, malnutrition, floods, dry spells and biodiversity degradation as big challenges that can be overcame by science technology and innovations.

Lake Victoria Basin Commission Executive Director Dr. Canisius Kanangire challenged scientists to embrace sharing information from the research finding as the only to enhance sustainable conservation and economic growth in the lake Vitoria basin.

" LVBC academicians and civil society organizations have carried out research concerning Lake Victoria however despite the importance of such research finding the information generated is not being shared to scale up synergies that ensure sustainable conservation and economic development in the Lake Victoria basin" he explained

A part from scientist/ researchers sharing information with the government Institutions, Kanangire observed that policy makers should bring on local scientists when developing new policies particularly those concerning Lake Victoria basin.

The 3rd scientific conference on Lake Victoria discussed the theme harnessing research for sustainable development on the Lake Victoria basin.

It focused on five sub-themes natural resources management, biodiversity, wildlife management and tourism, public water and sanitation, policy and stake holders participate.

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