Food Security, Adaptive Governance, and Biodiversity Affect Community Resilience in Lake Victoria

Dr. Les Kaufman of Boston University discusses using satellite data to measure the ecological health of Lake Victoria.

Secure Fisheries hosted a workshop exploring the links between biodiversity, food security, resource conflict, and adaptive governance in Lake Victoria. Participants from the University of Denver, Boston University, McGill University, and Salisbury University discussed how new technologies, data sources, and surveys can be combined to understand the state of fisheries in the lake and how changes in wild fisheries and aquaculture will affect livelihoods in fishing villages. Dr. Karin Wedig of DU showed illegal fishing in Lake Victoria should be understood as adaptive governance that maintains food and income security for women. Dr. Stu Hamilton of Salisbury introduced a GIS database that provides novel data sets to researchers, students, and the public. Dr. Les Kaufman of Boston University argued that preserving biodiversity of haplochromines – primarily non-food fishes – is vital for the health of the lake. And Dr. Sarah Glaser of Secure Fisheries showed how re-analysis of old fisheries data can shed new light on localized fisheries collapses.