Water Permitting: For efficient use of water resources

As part of efforts to promote the efficient use of water resources in the Lake Kivu and Rusizi River basin, a three-day training was held in Rwanda between July 20 – July 22nd , 2022 on water permitting and the role of sib-catchment water committees in the proper use and management of water resources.

The training brought together participants from seven district within the basin: Karongi, Rubavu, Rutsiro, Nyamasheke, Rusizi, Ngororero and Nyabihu.

The training was organised by the Rwanda Water Board (RW) in partnership with ABAKIR and supported by the GIZ through the “Support to the integrated management of water resources of Lake Kivu and Ruzizi River Basin”, a project that is implemented with funds from the European Union.

The training was an opportunity to address water allocation, conflict resolutions, and effective water resources management planning as well as mobilizing different water users to apply for water use permits as stipulated by the Rwandan law.

“The hydrological management of Kivu Lake and Rusizi River is critical to the overall protection and management of the basin. Thus, the involvement of all partners is very crucial, especially water users, who play a significant role in ensuring a fair use and equitable sharing of the water resources through the water use permitting processes,) observed Vital Munyandida, RWB’s Water Use Permits Division Manager

ABAKIR’s Co-Director, Charles Hakizimana, explained to the participants the role that plays ABAKIR in the managemend of the transboundary water resources and how it works with national institutions to enhance the transboundary collaboration on water resources management.

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