MissionObjectivesThe Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) is a regional organization under the East African Community responsible for coordinating and managing fisheries resources of Lake Victoria. The objectives of the Organization are:
The activities of the LVFO are implemented through five programme:
LVFO area of competence - Inland watersSpecies and stocks coverageAll fisheries resources of Lake Victoria. Legal frameworkThe LVFO was formed through a Convention signed on 30 June 1994 by the three East African Community (EAC) partner States of Kenya, Uganda and the United Republica of Tanzania sharing Lake Victoria. http://www.lvfo.org/downloads/THE_CONVENTION_FOR_THE_ESTABLISHMENT_OF_THE_LVFO_FINAL_EDIT.pdf LanguagesEnglish. Organizations involved StructurePrincipal bodyThe supreme body of the Organization is the Council of ministers consisting of the Ministers responsible for fisheries of the contracting parties or their authorized representatives. The Council of Ministers is the main decision-making body of the Organization. Policy Steering CommitteeThe Policy Steering Committee consists of permanent secretaries responsible for fisheries who review and submit management recommendations to the Council of Ministers. Executive CommitteeThe Executive Committee comprises heads of fisheries management and heads of fisheries research institutes. It reviews management and scientific activities, agrees on management measures to be implemented and submits them to the Policy Steering Committee and monitors the implementation of management measures at the national and regional levels. Scientific CommitteeThe Scientific Committee is constituted by the heads of the departments responsible for fisheries research of the three contracting parties or their authorized representatives. The Scientific Committee is responsible for identifying requirements for applied and innovative research pertinent to the management of the living resources of Lake Victoria, developing and recommending to the Executive Committee research projects on Lake Victoria, reviewing the results of research programmes, and developing and recommending common, harmonized and standardized data collection and statistical methods for biological, social, economic and environmental data. Fisheries Management CommitteeThe Fisheries Management Committee comprises heads of fisheries management institutions. It develops management policies and advises the Executive Committee on management and conservation measures, reviews stocks assessment, monitoring, harvest and enforcement data, identifies emerging problems, develops partnerships. Working groupsThe working group system is a modality chosen to implement the LVFO policies and activities under each of the LVFO programme. The working groups consist of staff from fisheries research and fisheries management institutions, and additional experts from fisheries training institutions, universities and civil society organizations that are specialists in a given programme or thematic area. SecretariatThe Organization has a permanent secretariat headed by an executive secretary who is appointed by the Council of Ministers for a period of five years. The executive secretary is the chief executive and legal representative of the Organization. Activities and meetingsLVFO activities take place under the different bodies, the five programmes and specific projects. Information on programmes and project can be found on the LVFO Web site.
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Meeting schedules of the different LVFO bodies and archives can be found on the LVFO Web site. Publications A number of reports and publications are produced under the auspices of the LVFO, mainly: annual reports, technical reports, training documents, conference reports, consultancy reports.
These publications are available on the LVFO Web site.