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Bujumbura City : Towards a war of waste?

10-16-2017 From SETEMU to BCCO through 18 companies, waste management in the Burundian capital has recently turned into a squabble. A domain in which speculation takes precedence over the search for solution. Iwacu comes back to this serial. (...)
' Midende Gilbert “There is nothing hidden, whoever needs the contract can see it”.

Gakara Mining Project lacks transparency, say activists

10-06-2017 Rainbow Rare Earths has recently launched a mining project in Gakara commune in Bujumbura province. Different activists say there is opacity all around this mining project but Rainbow Burundi Mining (RBM) refutes the accusations. In a press conference held this 6 October 2017, Gilbert Midende, RBM Director, says nothing (...)
' Joseph Butore: “If the local administration and population don’t understand that it is their responsibility to protect Lake Tanganyika, it will still be polluted”

Lake Tanganyika protection is everyone’s duty, says Second Deputy President

10-06-2017 The issue of Lake Tanganyika pollution has been raised by different MPs when the Second Deputy President was presenting achievements of the ministries for which he is responsible for the past six months in the National Assembly. Joseph Butore says everyone should be involved in lakes’ protection. Agathon Rwasa, (...)
' Ploughed fields constitute the main cause of pollution of the Lake Rwihinda.

Northern Lakes threatened

10-03-2017 Uncontrolled exploitation is the main threat to the lakes in Kirundo northern province. The administration promises to take innovative measures to effectively protect lakes from being polluted. Once at Lake Rwihinda, one observes vast tracts of ploughed fields: fields of onions, eggplant, cabbage and tomatoes. The latter go so (...)
' 15 cows and 20 goats are slaughtered everyday on the bank of Mugere River

Mugere River to be protected from butchers’ activities

09-26-2017 The Director of Water Resources says the clandestine abattoir set up along the Mugere River is one of the sources of Lake Tanganyika pollution. The Mugere surrounding inhabitants demand its relocation as it emits unpleasant odor. When at Mugere River, at 12 Km from Bujumbura city center at 10 (...)
' The Environment Ministry announces that the rainfall will be low during this agricultural season

La Niña in observation phase during rainy season

09-21-2017 The Ministry of Environment, Water and Urban territory has announced that the rainfall will be low for this agricultural season (from October to December). The meteorological forecast from September to December during this agricultural season shows that the rainfall will decrease gradually. “The situation will be normal but the (...)
' Lake Tanganyika is mainly threatened by industrial wastes…

Lack of determination and will to protect Lake Tanganyika,Vice president says

08-08-2017 The Second Vice President, Joseph Butore, alongside other high level government officials carried out a field visit along the shores of Lake Tanganyika to notice the current situation on the pollution of Lake Tanganyika and its biodiversity. He said there is a lack of determination and will to protect (...)
' At Buterere wastewater treatment plant, all waste flows into the lake.

Tanganyika Lake: Dumping ground

06-26-2017 Household waste, wastewaters from factories, insecticides … everything ends up in Lake Tanganyika. An environmentalist denounces a kind of “Ingratitude”. At Ku mase side,in Ngagara area of Ntahangwa commune in the north of the Burundian capital Bujumbura, a channel transports foul and dark wastewaters to Lake Tanganyika. Some locals (...)
' Lake Tanganyika is increasingly polluted due to domestic and industrial waste from Bujumbura city

Lake Tanganyika pollution poses major risk for Bujumbura residents

06-17-2017 Environmental activists warn that Lake Tanganyika is increasingly polluted due to domestic and industrial waste from Bujumbura city and villages that is directly dumped into it without any treatment. Already, as one expert says, locals may be drinking unclean water. A. N a mother of four, lives on the (...)
' Illegal quarrying and stones extraction in rivers pose a threat to the environment

Human activities, threat to environment in Burundi

06-14-2017 “The growing population is the main cause of environment deterioration in Burundi”, says Samuel Ndayiragije, Director of Burundi Office for Environment Protection [OBPE], at the closure of the environment week on 14 June. He says Burundi has 11 million people who still occupy the same territory that three million (...)