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Factories and industries in the EAC States reaps millions in profit after adopting cleaner production techniques. cleaner production technologies

Posted by African Press International on October 4, 2016

By Dickens Wasonga.

It is common knowledge that some industries and factories operating around Lake Victoria, use the Lake as a dumping site.

Owners of these factories are fully aware of the consequences of their actions against the environment.

They don’t only pollute the environment we live in but such practices has left untold disease burden to millions of families deriving livelihood from the the Lake.

The lake is choking under the Hyacinth weed, there is the problem of receding water levels ,compromised water quality, depleting fish stocks,heavy siltation, just to mention a few.

Activities upstream by other actors make an already bad situation worse. Farming activities that are not environmental friendly, especially in the water catchment areas where even wet lands and river banks are encroached into and things like charcoal burning only aggravate the situation further.
Are we witnessing these practices because the culprits have no knowledge of better alternatives? Maybe yes and maybe no.
However there is also good news worth sharing.

The East African community, through efforts coordinated by the Lake Victoria Basin Commission LVBC is working to reverse the trend of wanton destruction of the environment.

Using Lake Victoria environment management project, dubbed LVEMP 2,the commission has managed to convince the factories within the 5EAC partner States to adopt cleaner production technologies.

And the good news is, according to the LVBC executive secretary Dr Ally Said Matano, that the factories and industries that adopted the new technology across the region just fetched over 37 millions of dollars as profit .

The technology according to the executive secretary not only have the potential to maximize the profit margins for the firms but also but also does so at a minimal or zero water pollution risks.

” Although the introduction of this new knowledge and approach was welcomed with hesitations at the beginning by the factories, it is already bearing huge returns to them and we are also benefiting greatly because pollution of the Lake by the firms which was common has significantly reduced on the specific hotspots” said Dr Matano.

Dr.Matano said this was well within the commission’s vision to have a prosperous population living in a healthy and sustainably managed environment providing equitable opportunities and benefits.

” As LVBC we intend to use gathered knowledge as a powerful resource to help lift the 40 million plus people in the Lake Victoria Basin out of poverty ” said Matano.

To achieve that ambition,he said all the stakeholders must purpose to harness the scattered data and information available to be able to support and guide the management, implementation, monitoring and evaluating projects and progames undertaken by LVBC in the region.

Studies conducted by EACs support through LVBC so far have triggered changes in policies and strategies in the management of affairs of partner States where shared resources are concerned.

Environment related policies, strategies and standards within the EAC are now harmonised and there is regional consensus on implementation by partner States.

The Executive Secretary was speaking during a knowledge management training workshop which was attended by representatives from USAID, K4 Health, LVBC Secretariat, PHE Networks in EAC patner states in Nairobi.

The training sought to enhance information and knowledge sharing amongst stakeholders and partners in the region as a fundamental step towards making the commission a regional knowledge hub.

African Press International (API)

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