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Our Story

On July 6, 2011, the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Rwanda agreed to create the Lake Kivu and the Ruzizi/Rusizi River Basin Authority, "ABAKIR". And on November 4, 2014, the Member Countries signed an international convention establishing ABAKIR as a transitional body.

ABAKIR aims to contribute to the sustainable development and stabilization 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.)

The creation of the Lake Kivu and Rusizi / Ruzizi River Basin Authority better frames the objectives of regulation, integrated management and harmonization of the different uses of water resources in the basin. As a transitional body, ABAKIR is responsible for implementing the cooperation and development policy for the protection and conservation of the shared water resources in the Basin.

Our Mission

Our Mandate

ABAKIR is responsible of enacting and promoting transboundary cooperation policy and actions for the protection and preservation of the water resources in the Lake Kivu and Rusizi River Basin

Thus, the mandate of ABAKIR, as defined by the Convention signed by the 3 member states, relates to the coordination of the implementation of the activities provided for by the convention, and to ensure and represent the common interests of the States in relation to the integrated management of water resources in the basin in a process of consultation with the relevant institutions of each Member State.