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Strengthening regional collaboration for better water management and preservation in the Lake Kivu Basin and the Ruzizi River

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 09:40 Written by 

Summary

Regional workshop to strengthen regional collaboration between the Lake Kivu Basin and Ruzizi River Authority (Abakir) and the Lake Tanganyika Authority (ALT) for better water management and preservation in the Lake Kivu Basin and the Ruzizi River

Challenge

The increasing scarcity of water combined with environmental degradation, deteriorated infrastructures and a rapidly growing population has led to a growing potential for violent conflict, or “water wars”, between nations over shared water resources.  The social and public health consequences of insufficient access to water are very significant for local communities.

In order to improve the living conditions of vulnerable populations in the region and to prevent the risk of natural disasters, the three riparian countries face the common challenge of efficient management of water resources. As such, the three countries of this basin have been trying since 2011 to coordinate the management of water resources to ensure the long-term water supply of the dams built in the Ruzizi waterfalls.

Solution

A regional workshop was organized in October 2014.

The workshop made it possible to exchange expert views, define priority activities and reinforce the ownership of North and South Kivu provincial authorities regarding the sustainable management of Lake Kivu and the Ruzizi River. Also the workshop extended and strengthened the cooperation and collaboration framework between ABAKIR and ALT to adopt a coordinated approach towards the fight against water wars as well as appropriate measures and common rules for the regulation of human and endogenous activities in Lake Kivu.

Supported by: UNDP

Implemented by: The Lake Kivu Basin and Ruzizi River Authority (Abakir) and the Lake Tanganyika Authority (ALT)

Contact person: Ernest  BAMOU, Economic Advisor, UNDP DRC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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