ABAKIR enters partnership with Lake Tanganyika Authority for transboundary water resources management
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Developing measures to safeguard the quality and quantity of the water
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Enacting and promoting transboundary cooperation policy and actions for the protection and preservation of the water resources
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ABAKIR (Autorité du Bassin du Lac Kivu et de la Rivière Rusizi/Ruzizi) promotes the integrated management of the Lake Kivu and Rusizi/Ruzizi River Basin resources. ABAKIR aims to contribute to the sustainable development of the Great Lakes Region by stimulating economic development through the integrated management of water resources in all dimensions: energy, agriculture, lake transport, tourism, biodiversity, etc.

Our Work

ABAKIR's work area encompasses the cross-border catchment area of Lake Kivu and the Ruzizi/Rusizi River up to its mouth at Lake Tanganyika. Lake Kivu and the Ruzizi/Rusizi River are very important for biodiversity and provide many ecosystem services: drinking water, irrigation water, fishing, pollination, soil fertility, erosion control, and the carbon sequestering or provision of non timber forest products.

Enhancing regional cooperation on water resources management in the Lake Kivu and Rusizi River basin

We aim to promote cooperation between the member states – Republic of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Rwanda – for better management of the shared resources.


About the Basin

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Total area covered by the Lake Kivu and Rusizi/Ruzizi River Basin
Lake Kivu and Rusizi/Ruzizi River Basin population (2020). This population is projected to reach 27.5 million in 2050 - an increase of almost 150%.
Lake Kivu contains about 560 billion cubic meters of water
Lake Kivu contains 60 billion cubic meters of dissolved methane. Rwanda is extracting methane from Lake Kivu to use for power generation and distribution in its national grid (currently 76 MW).
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Rusizi / Ruzizi River potential for hydroelectric power production
Groundwater is exploited from 550 natural springs in Burundi and Rwanda, largely for drinking water in rural areas.

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