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LAKE TANGANYIKA DEVELOPMENT PROJECT CRITICAL IN PROTECTION THE ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY

President Edgar Lungu is determined to ensure that the Lake Tanganyika Development Project (LTDP) is implemented because it is critical in protecting the ecological integrity of the Lake Tanganyika basin and improve the quality of lives of people.

The US$ 29.62 million Lake Tanganyika Development Project is set to boost social and economic growth.

Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, Raphael Nakacinda, says President Lungu wants the project to succeed because it will improve the fish catch supply in weight and value by 20-25 percent for the beneficiaries and small and medium enterprises (SME) along the fish value chain.

“That is the reason why he sent me to come and check on the progress of the project so that it is completed within the timeframe,” Mr. Nakacinda said.

Mr. Nakacinda said this today during the conducted tour of the project in Mpulungu.

He says over 70, 000 people, 50 percent of which are women who are engaged in value addition/marketing of fish caught, are expected to benefit from the project.

“In addition, about 30, 000 people will indirectly benefit from the Project along the commodity value chain development. About 1,000 rural youths, who presently lack employment opportunities, will be targeted by the Project through training and income-generating activities,” Mr. Nakacinda noted.

The Lake Tanganyika Development Project (LTDP) was formulated within the framework of the Zambian Long Term Vision, known as Vision 2030, with which the country aims at becoming “a Prosperous Middle Income Nation by 2030”.

The Lake Tanganyika Development Project is an integrated project aimed at protecting the ecological integrity of the Lake Tanganyika basin and improve the quality lives of the basin population through provision of essential economic infrastructure.

The project will be implemented over a five-year period in two Districts, Mpulungu and Nsama, which are within the Lake’s catchment area and zone of influence of its basin.

The project will promote wider adoption of sustainable land, forest, and water management practices and technologies to reduce land degradation, deforestation and increase agricultural production.

In addition, the project will facilitate the conservation and preservation of both wildlife and the heritage resources in the area especially the national park, which has the potential to contribute to economic development in terms of foreign exchange earnings, employment and income generation.

On the challenges such cultural, which the project implementation is facing, Mr. Nakacinda said Government will escalate by engaging all multisectoral players.

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