Using New Methods and Data to Assess and Address Population, Fertility, and Environment links in the Lake Victoria Basin

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Narcisa Pricope (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Abstract: Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa, and the lake and its watershed are a critical resourcefor the livelihoods of millions of people across five countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda,Burundi, and Rwanda. The FAO, however, reports that the population living around in the LakeVictoria Basin is among the poorest and most food insecure in all of East Africa due to decliningland productivity, soil degradation, desertification, loss of biodiversity, livestock and cropdiseases, declining fisheries, and poor development and trade policies. Policymakers concernedwith the sustainable management of the Lake Victoria Basin, perceive population growth to be akey driving force of rapidly changing and degrading ecosystems, along with inadequategovernment policies and planning, regulations, provision of services. Data on basic population,health, and environment indicators, however, are unavailable at the landscape level of the basinmaking it difficult to assess, monitor, and communicate effectively about these connections. Thevarying data sources across the five countries and the lack of alignment of administrative unitswith the Lake Victoria Basin watershed are the principle data challenges. In this paper wehighlight the efforts of a multidisciplinary research team to overcome these data challenges anddevelop demographic and health indicators for policy makers in the Lake Victoria BasinCommission as well as for program staff in an integrated Population, Health, EnvironmentProgram working with District leaders and communities on these issues in Uganda and Kenya.

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Language: English
Date: 2013
Lake Victoria, Uganda, Kenya, population, data

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