This project intends to evaluate and quantify the extent to which climate-driven changes are affecting the ecosystem functioning and fisheries production, and/or changes in fishing practices reduce biological productivity of the pelagic zone of Lake Tanganyika
Funder of the project: DANIDA through Aarhus University (Denmark)
Amount of funds: US$ 1.7 million
The project was officially launched in Kigoma on 19th March 2015. Procurement of equipment and initial preparations have already started. Field sampling started in April 2015. 3 PhD students have already enrolled at the UDSM and presenting their proposals early this month (August)
Capacity building and Dissemination: 3 PhD students are funded by the project (2 TAFIRI staff, 1 UDSM staff). Sampling equipment, including water parameter profiler (a YSI sonde) and a state of the art equipment, Pyto-PAM, which is used to measure primary productivity, and a Shimadzu spectrophotometer have been made available. The kickoff meeting in March this year was extensively covered by TV and radio stations and several newspapers and blogs. The project, also, has a website.