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Burundi - Bujumbura Port and Lake Tanganyika Transport Corridor Development Project - ESIA Summary


Bujumbura Port is the largest port in Burundi and on Lake Tanganyika (followed by the ports of Matulungu in Zambia, Kalémie in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Kigoma in Tanzania). The port was built in the 1950s and although its facilities and equipment are old, they are considered to be in a relatively good state of repair. In 2010, the port’s facilities and equipment handled some 170 000 tonnes of goods, 100 000 of them by lake and 70 000 by land.

The different crises suffered by the region resulted in the lack of investment in and poor maintenance of transport infrastructure, thus increasing the cost of goods in landlocked countries and impeding inter-regional trade. In view of the pacification of the region and prospects for economic development, Bujumbura Port is expected to serve as a transport hub. The port is situated at the crossroads of the Centre and North transport corridors (from the Mombassa and Dar-es-Salaam Ports right up to DRC) and the North and South transport corridors (currently through Mpulungu Port in Zambia and, in future, right up to South Africa).

This document is a summary of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the Bujumbura Port and Lake Tanganyika Transport Corridor Development Project. The ESIA has been prepared to provide the Burundi Office for Environmental Protection (OBPE) as well as other government technical entities involved in the project and the public with detailed information on the environmental and social challenges associated with the project and its implementation support measures.

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