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Burundi - Watershed management and climate resilience improvement project (PABVARC) - Project Appraisal Report


The Watershed Management and Climate Resilience Improvement Project (PABVARC) in Burundi will be implemented over a five-year period in six provinces (Rural Bujumbura, Bururi, Gitega, Karusi, Makamba and Rutana) for watershed management activities, and countrywide for the hydro-meteorological system support activities. The total project cost is UA 9.07 million comprising UA 6.23 million from FSF resources, USD 3.08 million (equivalent to UA 2.02 million) from LDCF resources, and Government and beneficiary contribution amounting to UA 0.82 million.

The main expected outcomes are as follows: (i) management of twenty-six micro-watersheds in the project area over a total area of 10,000 ha, twelve of which take climate risk into account, reforestation of 6,800 ha, maintenance of 7,375 ha of old plantations, construction of 1,000 km of new planted trenches and opening of 880 km of fire-breaks; (ii) maintenance of 150 km of tracks, 66 kilometres of which will be new and 30 km of tracks to be graded with laterite; (iii) production of a strategic manual for mainstreaming climate change in watershed management; (iv) rehabilitation of 21 weather stations and 21 hydrological observation points; and (v) establishment of a hydro-meteorological data and information exchange system which will be used, in particular, for climate change adaptation.

Through the participatory rehabilitation or construction of essential infrastructure, the project will not only boost food production but will also contribute to an improvement in the population’s living conditions, especially with regard to access, nutrition and human health as well as social organization. A thousand (1,000) people will benefit from training activities, 11,000 households will be supervised in several areas, 77,000 temporary jobs will be created (55% for women) by LI works as well as at least 200 full-time jobs on the farms. The project will also help to build the capacity of 187 personnel in various institutions concerned.

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