Lake Victoria basin director underscores conservation of water sources

By Lake Zone Watch Writer

Lake Victoria Basin Water Board (LVBWB) Director, Renatus Shinhu has urged water users associations to supervise protection and conservation of water sources.

Shinhu was speaking during a stakeholders’ meeting on Mara River Catchment, which was held at a hotel in Tarime last Friday.

The LVBWB director said sustainable conservation and protection of water sources was of paramount importance, suggesting that even top national leaders including President, Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan and Vice President, Dr Philip Mpango have been overly emphatic on the issue.

“Let us continue protecting water sources and environment while understanding that President Dr Samia, the Vice President and even Minister for Water have been emphasizing on this matter,” Shinhu told the Mara River Catchment stakeholders.

He urged the stakeholders to be the champions of conservation of water sources and environment by planting trees and making sure they grow well.

Mara River Catchment stakeholders included officials from North Mara Gold Mine, Serengeti National Park , Grumeti Fund , World Wide Fund for Nature(WWF), government and districts whose villages are located near Mara river.

The districts are Tarime, Rorya, Butiama and Serengeti.

Mara is a transboundary river which starts in the Mau Forest on the Kenyan side, flows through the Serengeti National Park and drains into Lake Victoria, on the Tanzania side.

The LVBWB director meanwhile congratulated the water users associations in Mara region for continuing to execute their duties properly.

The Mara River Catchment stakeholders meeting which was organized by LVBWB proposed eight names of members who will serve on the second Mara River Catchment committee.

Earlier, the meeting was opened by Rorya District Commissioner (DC), Juma Chikoka who urged the stakeholders to pick competent members capable of helping Mara River Catchment and LVBWB achieve their objectives.

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