Education for Sustainable Development
Associated Organization: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been in operation since 1961. This represents 50 years of action in conservation. In the last 50 years, WWF has evolved from an organisation that started in the North to a global organisation with an evolved philosophy and organizational mandate. WWF today operates in over 100 countries. WWF is driven by a conviction to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature.
WWF has been engaged in conservation activities in East Africa on various fronts. The Lake Victoria Catchment Environmental Education Programme (LVCEEP) is one of those conservation efforts that were initiated in 2004. This programme was initiated at the backdrop of increased environmental challenges facing the lake in the last decade. These environmental challenges include among others: increased erosion and siltation of the lake, biodiversity loss, invasive species invasion (water hyacinth), and pollution leading to frequency of algae blooms, habitat change and destruction. Some studies have indicated that fish species diversity and richness in the lake has declined by up to 80% in respect to indigenous fish species while forest cover around the lake has drastically declined by over 70 percent. Municipal wastes and various industrial and mining operations within and around the lake also continue to put pressure on the lake and lake resources. Such challenges inspired the inception of the LVCEEP.
The LVCEEP is coordinated by the WWF-Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Programme Office (ESARPO). This programme seeks to empower the catchment communities, schools and regional partners with knowledge, motivation and abilities for sustainable use and management of natural resources. The LVCEEP is implemented through a range of environmental education activities in model schools and communities bordering the lake. LVCEEP not only seeks to promote the conservation of Lake Victoria catchment but also bring about improved and sustainable livelihoods in the communities within the Lake Victoria catchment. These actions are meant to fulfill the LVCEEP goal that seeks to secure the ecological integrity and sustainability of the Lake Victoria catchment for the benefit of its inhabitants and biological diversity.
Themes: Agriculture, fisheries and food security, Climate Science, Crosscutting Issues, Energy, Forestry
Regions: East Africa
Countries: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda
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The Lake Victoria Catchment Environment Education Programme (LVCEEP) recognises the vital role education plays in attaining sustainable development. The project broadly seeks to secure the ecological integrity and sustainability of the Lake Victoria catchment for the benefit of its inhabitants and biological diversity. As such the program’s main focus is on sustainable management of the Lake Victoria catchment and to bring improved livelihoods through environmental education. LVCEEP works with schools, communities and local leaders through the sustainable development framework ingrained in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). This approach recognises that education and training should holistically contribute to the three pillars of sustainable development i.e. social, economic and environmental pillars. Through LVCEEP, various initiatives have been implemented in schools within the East African region (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda) under the ESD framework and whole school approach.