The majority of the population of Lakes State depend on livestock followed by agriculture and fishing for their livelihoods. Fishing technology remains traditional by using spears, baskets and nets with few individuals using modern fishing nets. There are even incidences where communities use explosives for fishing, though the government is discouraging this.
Lakes State is endowed with vast water resources, consisting of lakes, rivers (River Nile and its tributaries), seasonal river flood plains, streams and swampland, all of which have high potential for commercial fishing. However, seasonal water availability, siltation and blockage by aquatic weeds, together with poor fishing practices, have all affected fish habitats. W4L aims to directly address the challenges outlined above, by increasing awareness of the fragility of wetland eco-systems through training fisherfolk in conservation and fisheries and environmental law; preventing siltation through overgrazing, by improving access to water for livestock in alternative dry land grazing areas and through targeted engineering works at choke points to key water bodies (such as at Lake Yirol) and through introduction of improved fishing techniques and practice. W4L also encourages strong linkage between programmes that will improve conservation of the aquatic habitat, facilitate micro-credit, processing and marketing facilities.
The following objectives have been set and results planned:
|Specific Objective 5: Increased productivity and income from artisanal fishing by local communities.|
|Result 5.1: Improved functioning of ecosystems for fish habitats.|
|Result 5.2: Improved marketing of fisheries products.|