Saving the waters of Lake Victoria
The WaSAf (Water Sources of Africa) financed by AFD aims to monitor and improve the quality of inland surface waters in Africa. The objective of the program is to ensure that waters from lakes and rivers, which are known as the main source of water supply of the continent, are non-polluted and safe for people.
Having access to drinking water is essential to socioeconomic development. That is why AFD and the Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial (FFEM) decided to provide financial support to the WaSAF project which was inaugurated on June 27th in Kampala. The WaSAf (Water Sources of Africa) aims to monitor and improve the quality of inland surface waters in Africa.
Nowadays, communities face the threat of water pollution resulting from human activity. The objective of WaSAf is to ensure that waters from lakes and rivers, which are known as the main source of water supply of the continent, are unpolluted and safe for people.
Since 2007, AFD has financed several projects to ensure water safety in Uganda, notably in Jinja. “The disappearance of unique ecosystems such as swamps is terrible for communities. Swamps are very benefic to them as they filter water and air pollution. One can say that swamps are “nature made” treatment plans.” - says Virginie Leroy, head of AFD in Uganda.
The WaSAf program is implemented in three African countries, being Ivory Coast, Senegal and Uganda.
In Uganda, a scientific staff comprising searchers from Makerere University, Nafiri and France will be responsible for ensuring quality checkups of Lake Victoria’s waters. They will work partnership with Ugandan authorities.