Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Permanent Secretary, Mabvuto Sakala has officially opened the Ninth Meeting of the Lake Tanganyika Authority Management Committee at Twangale Park, in Chilanga District.
On 14th February, 2020, Zambia will assume the Chairmanship of the regional group, taking over from Burundi during the Eighth Ordinary Session of the Conference of Ministers for the Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA).
The Conference of Ministers is the highest decision making body under the Convention on Sustainable Management of Lake Tanganyika and provides guidance to the LTA on the implementation of the Convention on Sustainable Management of the Lake Tanganyika and updated Strategic Action Programmes.
Lake Tanganyika is an asset to the four riparian states with a global significance as it is the largest water body in Africa, holding almost one sixth of the world’s available fresh water resources.
The Lake has more than 2000 species of plants and animals recorded in its basin and over 500 of these species are endemic to the Lake’s ecosystem. It is a resource for meeting a diversity of development needs of the riparian populations in the basin.
Zambia is one of the four Riparian States and last hosted this meeting in 2010.