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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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High interest for our pilot site as a training and knowledge-building platform!

Study visits show the demonstration potential of our pilot for good practices in sustainable water management and fish farming

Yesterday our pilot site in Kisumu, Kenya received the visit of students from the Kenyan Wildlife Institute very interested in discovering VicInAqua innovative solutions in the field of sustainable water management, fish farming and irrigation. VicInAqua partner Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fischeries (DALF, Kenya) of Kisumu County was glad to introduce them to our integrated concept.

The students were eager to see the live functionning of the water treatment system with an innovative membrane bioreactor (MBR) and the recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) ensuring the production of high-quality tilapia fingerlings. The smart, easy-to-use monitoring system raised many questions and curiosity, as well as the PV and biogas units providing the entire site with decentralised, renewable energy sources. A tour in the garden underlined how much surplus water can be reused for growing plants and vegetables.

The VicInAqua pilot sites proves to be a very suited platform to demonstrate the feasibility of such innovations in East Africa as well as in furher countries in the world suffering from water and/or food scarcity. The site can be used for trainings and capacity-building measures, but also to raise awareness among the local population and stakeholders about the advantages of more sustainability in (waste)water management, fish farming and food production. For these reasons, DALF will keep the pilot running even after the end of the VicInAqua project in May 2019.

"We liked the innovative approach of VicInAqua which addresses in particular problems experienced in Kenya and the further Lake Victoria countries, Uganda and Tanzania. VicInAqua is not only about general technological and environmental progress, it is about proposing an African solution for efficient water reuse and waste water pollution control." Ms. Susan Clare Adhiambo, Chief Fisheries Officer at DALF says.

Would you like to visit our pilot site in Kisumu too? Don't hesitate to contact our partner at DALF!

Ms. Susan Clare Adhiambo
Chief Officer
Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fischeries
Fisheries Directorate
4th Floor Prosperity House
P.O BOX 1700-40100
Kisumu