Multinational - Lakes Edward and Albert Integrated Fisheries and Water Resources Management Project (LEAF II)

Project Summary

Approval Date 20 May 2015
Signature Date 27 Jan 2016
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31320
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 5,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Multinational Lakes Edward & Albert Integrated Fisheries & Water Resources Management Project (LEAF II) covers the Lakes Edward and Albert basin, which are part of the series of Rift valley lakes shared between the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Uganda. The Lakes and their catchment cover an area of about 622,472 km² and have an estimated population of about 12 million persons. The Lakes are characterized by over exploitation of main fisheries species, deforestation, insecurity as well as climate change impact all compounding the poverty levels in these areas. The project’s estimated total cost is UA16.76million, comprising an ADF resources of UA 11.00 million (UA 5 million as loan to Uganda and UA 6 million as grant to DRC) , a co-financing of GEF grant of UA 5.532 million and a UA0.228 million contributions from NELSAP. It will be implemented over a five-year period through 3 components namely: 1) Fisheries Resources Development; 2) Integrated Water Resources Management and 3) Project Management and Coordination.

Project Objectives

The Project is a follow up to the Bank financed Lakes Edward & Albert Pilot Fisheries Project aptly termed LEAF I, which aims at reducing socio economic and environmental constraints and fighting fragility. More specifically, LEAF II aims to create an enabling environment and to strengthen the legal, policy, institutional and regulatory framework for sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment. It will also contribute to the creation of alternative incomes opportunities and food security for men and women in the fishing communities. The project will, in essence strengthen capacity of government institutions to promote environment-friendly interventions in the use of the Lakes’ resources and promote regional trade and exchange.


The project will benefit about 400,000 people in the riparian communities of the two lakes in the two countries most of whom are living below poverty level, by improving their incomes, food security and access to basic social and economic infrastructure. In addition to job creation for local communities in the Lakes’ regions (5000 jobs would be directly created while another 20,000 indirect with 50% of these benefiting the women), the project will also improve regional and local consultation/cooperation for integrated natural resources management and intra-regional trade in fish product as well as address the social dimensions of resilience, which will in the long run reduce potential sources of local conflict.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-AAF-010
Last Update 20 Jun 2021


Contact Details

Name LOULSEGED Mekonnen Kifle

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-0.35 29.58333 Lake Edward
1.66667 31 Lake Albert