DECLARATION OF THE LAKE TANGANYIKA AUTHORITY
WE, the members of the Lake Tanganyika Authority Conference of Ministers from the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Zambia meeting in Kigoma, the United Republic of Tanzania on as” February, 2012 on the occasion of the Fifth Ordinary Meeting held in accordance with Article 24 of The Convention on the Sustainable Management of Lake Tanganyika, HAVING reviewed important issues affecting protection and sustainable management of the biological diversity of the Lake Tanganyika and its Basin,
RECALLING our commitments to supporting the Lake Tanganyika Authority as stated in the resolutions of the First Ordinary Meeting held on s” April, 2007 in Dar Es Salaam, the United Republic of Tanzania; the Second Ordinary Meeting held on zs” April, 2008 in Bujumbura, the Republic of Burundi; the Third Ordinary Meeting held on zr” August, 2009 in Uvira, the Democratic Republic of Congo; and the Fourth Ordinary Meeting held on zs” November, 2010 in Lusaka,the Republic of Zambia,
DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT, despite the many successful and continuing efforts of the four
Lake Tanganyika riparian governments and the supporting partners since the signing of the
Dar EsSalaam Declaration on s” April, 2007, the biological richness and sustainable use of the natural resources in the Lake Tanganyika and its Basin are increasingly under threat,
1. Appended our signatures to the updated Strategie Action Programme for the
Protection of Biodiversity and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in the
Lake Tanganyika and its Basin and have committed ourselves to the implementation and future evolution of the Programme;
2. Renewed our commitment to supporting national and regional levels programme and project activities implemented within the framework of the Lake Tanganyika Integrated
Regional Management and Development Programme;
3. Expressed our support to launch a national, regional and international fundraising campaign to convince member states and international funding agencies to continue the efforts made by the Lake Tanganyika Authority to conserve and manage the natural resources in LakeTanganyika and its Basin.
Signed this 29″ February, 2012 at Kigoma, United Republic of Tanzania
Minister of Water, Environment, Territory Management and Urban Planning Republic of Burundi.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the
United Republic of Tanzania
Hon. Dr. Terezya L. HUVISA (MP)
Minister of State – Vice President Office – Environment United Republic of Tanzania.
Hon. Prof. Nkandu LUO (MP)
Minister of Local Government, Housing, Early Education and Environmental Protection Republic of Zambia.