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Pollution Control and Other Measures to Protect Biodiversity in Lake Tanganyika

Project Summary

The 5-year project aims to improve understanding of the ecosystem function and effects of stresses on the lake system; to take action on all other measures necessary to maintain the health and biodiversity of the ecosystem; and to coordinate the efforts of the four countries to control pollution and to prevent the loss of the exceptional diversity of Lake Tanganyika. This will be done by establishing a regional framework for cooperation, including endeavors to harmonize legislation; investigating pollution including sources, effects and control; and investigating biodiversity and conservation measures leading to the setting up of protected areas as underwater parks. Activities will closely involve government environmental ministries and agencies, and sectoral departments; a major objective is to strengthen national capabilities and community participation. The project will be supported by international and local staff and contractors. NGOs will be involved particularly through community education and conservation, and the private sector through promotion of tourism and the control of industrial pollution. Provision will be made to continue the work of the project after its life by a regionally cooperating organization.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
United Nations Office for Projects Services
GEF Period:
Pilot Phase
Approval Fiscal Year:

Project Documents


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
10,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 10,000,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Concept Approved
01 Dec 1991
Project Approved for Implementation
01 Dec 1991
Project closed
31 Dec 2006