Stakeholders committed to protecting transboundary catchment

Posted: 2012-12-01

In a series of consultative workshops held between August and December 2012, Rwanda and Burundi water and climate stakeholders pledged to support the successful implementation of the Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) in the Lake Cyohoha transboundary water catchment.

GWP Eastern Africa believes that the successful implementation of WACDEP in Rwanda and Burundi rests on how far local leaders and communities feel that they own the process. Previously, communities living around the lake perceived it to be a state-owned resource and were unconcerned about its protection from damaging human practices, natural occurrences such as floods and drought, and the depletion of fisheries.           

At the workshop, both the Governor of Kurundi Province (Burundi) and the Vice Mayor for Economic Affairs of Bugesera District, Eastern Province (Rwanda), spoke in support of GWP Eastern Africa and the renewed cooperation between the two countries.

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