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LTBP Project
Lake Tanganyika Biodiversity Project UNOPS/GEF/NRI RAF/92/G32 (contact address: A. Menz, Life House, Sokoine/Ohio, P.O. Box 5956, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, tel. (255)-51-118201, fax. (255)-51-118202, e-mail to A. Menz, Project Coordinator or to T. Bostock, NRI, Chatham Maritime Kent ME4 4TB, UK, tel. (44)-1634-880088, fax. (44)-1634-880077):

   Execution: UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services) and NRI (Natural Resources Institute, UK) in collaboration with MRAG Ltd and the Institute of Freshwater Ecology;
   Duration: 5 years (1995-2000);
   Funding: UNDP/GEF (United Nations Development Programme/ Global Environment Facility);
   Present field work: preparatory phase (baseline review studies, review workshop, determination of preliminary strategies, inception report, First Steering Committee Meeting on 19-20.09.1996);
   Objective: to demonstrate an effective regional approach to prevent the loss of the exceptional biodiversity of the Lake in order to ensure the survival of this and other freshwater lake systems;
   Activities: include lake and land pollution studies (including sediments), studies on biodiversity (leading to the establishment of several protected areas under water), on legal and institutional frameworks and on socio-economic aspects including environmental education;
   Project staff: Dr. A. Menz (project coordinator, based in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania), K. West replaced K. Banister (Scientific Liaison Officer, based in Kigoma, Tanzania). National coordinators: G. Bikwemu (Burundi); R. Yonazi (Tanzania); J. Phiri (Zambia) and M. Amule (Zaire);
   Subcontracts: in January 1996, an IAA (Inter Agency Agreement) was signed between UNOPS and FAO to perform the following study: detailed analysis and modelling of the horizontal and vertical water circulation patterns of Lake Tanganyika. The University of Kuopio was selected by FAO to execute this study in close collaboration with the LTR FAO/FINNIDA project. The latter already started similar modelling work (circulation model) in 1993.

While the Lake Tanganyika Research Project already issued its Newsletter N° 29 this summer, the Lake Tanganyika Biodiversity Project (LTBP) already published several of its quarterly Newsletters called Lakeside/ Au Bord du Lac. Requests to receive an E-mail copy can be sent through the LTBP website. Newsletters/publications/databases can also be consulted and downloaded online in the LTBP publications section of their site.