VicInAqua is a medium-scale focused research project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689427.
11 partners from 7 European and African countries aims at developing an integrated approach for water management by providing an integral, sustainable, innovative, cost effective and robust solution for water sanitation combined with the demand for clean water in aquaculture and irrigation in the Lake Victoria basin.
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Impacts

Impacts and Benefits of VicInAqua

Sustainable environmental protection is at the core of VicInAqua solutions by permitting:

  • Effective sanitation – Wastewater treatment (aquaculture, households, fish processing industry), solid waste management and utilisation.
  • Fresh water availability – By avoiding release of fertilisers, antibiotics and diseases of aquaculture in the ecosystem; by reusing treated water for aquaculture and agriculture purposes.
  • Use of renewable energy – Thereby reaching a very low CO2 footprint and enabling autonomy to cover energy demand of VicInAqua facilities.
  • Assessment of the environmental impact, sustainability and life cycle analysis - To guarantee a proper observance of environmental regulations.
  • Extraction and use of natural by-products (nutrients to be used as fertilisers) - To be used in agriculture, thus providing a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution, which permits to take distance from chemical-based fertilisers.
  • Increase in fish production productivity (Nile perch and tilapia) - and enabling the production of native fish species which can be step-by-step reintroduced in the Lake Victoria ecosystem.

VicInAqua will empower local stakeholders in the agro and aquaculture sectors by:

  • Raising awareness on the critical relevance of environmental protection and food security.
  • Providing an integral technical solution for more effective sanitation and water supply.
  • Translating the knowledge gained into economical benefit and job creation.
  • Encouraging women to undertake a more active role in the aquaculture sector.