Successful official kick-off meeting with stakeholders

To announce the beginning of the CLEAT project, an official meeting was held at the Lake Tanganyika beach hotel, Kigoma, on Thursday 19 March 2015. The official kick-off meeting was preceded by a two-day workshop/meeting of the project partners which was conducted at the TAFIRI conference room. The project partners and PhD students spent the two days reviewing and planning activities for the project. Each work package (WP) discussed and outlined a detailed plan of the first years activities.

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Besides project partners from TAFIRI, UDSM, Illinois State University, Enavigo Consult and Aarhus University, the meeting included several regional and local representatives:

  • Guest of honor – The Kigoma Regional Commissioner (represented by the Kigoma District Commissioner: Mr. Saveli Mwangasama
  • Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA) – Executive Director: Jean-Marie Nibirantije
  • Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development (MLFD): Jame Jihulya
  • Representative of the Director of Fisheries Tanzania: Mr. Julius Mairi
  • Representative of the director general  of TAFIRI: Dr. Shigalla Mahango
  • Director of Research at TAFIRI: Dr. Maria Kishe-Machumu
  • Jane Goodall Institute  (was invited but did not attend due to overlap in meetings/programmes)
  • Manager of Tuungane project /Nature conservancy: Mr. Petro Masolwa
  • Manager of Tanzania Ports Authorities (did not attend, however invited)
  • Manager of Tanzanian meteorological agency Kigoma
  • Fisheries officers  from Uviuza District, Kigoma District, Kigoma Ujiji Municipal
  • Kigoma Region fisheries officer
  • Researcher from the University of Wisconsin: Dr. Benjamin Kraemer
  • Beach management unit leaders from with the Kigoma Municipality

The presence of these stakeholders and the press added an extra dimension to the kick-off meeting. Apart from the different speeches/remarks given by high ranking officials - which were topped by the inaugural speech from the Kigoma Region government, there were three presentations which introduced how fisheries in Lake Tanganyika is affected by climate change (Ismael Kimirei), and how climate change is affecting the functioning of the lake (Prof. Catherine O’Reilly). The two presentations identified gaps and questions that are central in the project and which will be addressed during the 5 years that the project will be running. These presentations were then finalized by Prof.  Peter Staehr, the project coordinator, who told the stakeholders how the project intends to tackle the issues raised by Ismael Kimirei and Prof. O’Reilly.

Ishmael Kimirei from TAFIRI had organized the following program:




Registration and coffee


Welcome speech by Ishmael Kimirei


Presentation on climate change and effects on fisheries - Ishmael Kimirei


Presentation of climate change and effects on lake functioning - Catherine O’Reilly


Presentation of CLEAT project - Peter Staehr


Remarks by Director General of TAFIRI


Remarks by Executive Director, LTA


Remarks by the Permanent Secretary, MLFD


Opening speech by the Regional Commissioner of Kigoma


Short remarks by representatives of BMU’s and the meteorological office


Group photo


Questions to CLEAT project members




Television interviews with Peter, Ishmael, and Charles

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TAFIRI staff and professor Charles Lugomela from UDSM sampling water for validation of satellite data of Lake Tanganyika. Photo Peter Staehr.

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Sampling for validation of remote sensing of Lake Tanganyika

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Night time measurements of fishing lights

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A whole day workshop at TAFIRI with the local fishermen

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Lake Tanganyika situation in brief

Peter Staehr gives a short introduction to the challenges facing fisheries in Lake Tanganyika

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Beatrice - one of the first female boat owners on Lake Tanganyika

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