The AfDB finances the harnessing of drainage basins in Burundi

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The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) undertook on  May 28, 2013, to provide  financing for the  harnessing of drainage basins and improved climate resilience in Burundi.  The operation  was made official  by the signing of two grant  agreements  with the Government of Burundi. The signing took place in the margins of the Bank’s 48th Annual Meetings in Marrakech.

This  project,  the first of its kind in  Burundi,  will help to build hill reservoirs in mountain regions, by setting up a water collection system and exchange of hydro-meteorological data. The project is  jointly funded  by  the Bank’s Fragile States Facility to the tune of  UA 6.23 million (about  US $9.594 million) and  a grant from the World Environment Fund  (WEF) in the amount of US $3.08 million.

The expected results of the project are, among others, the equipping of 26 micro water collection basins, the upgrading of 150 km of tracks, the production of  a strategic  guide  and  rehabilitation of 21 weather  stations  from 21 hydrological water observation points .

Signing for the AfDB,  the  Vice-President in  charge of sectoral  operations, Aly Abou-Sabaa, recalled the  quality of  dialogue that prevailed during  project  preparation and evaluation. For him, AfDB support is in line with the perception  of its mission and strategy, in the bid to check  climate change in its Member States in general and particularly in  Burundi.

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development Planning of  Burundi, Tabu Abdallh Manirakazia, in turn expressed  gratitude to the  Bank for the incalculable  forms of support given to his country. “The  beneficiaries  of this  project are the deprived populations in the  rural  provinces,  Bujumbura, Bururi, Gitega, Karuzi, Makamba and Rutana. These people are in many ways affected by  deforestation  and land  degradation ,”  the Minister  concluded.

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