Environment
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Heavy rain causes material damage in northwestern Burundi

09-13-2019 At least 100 houses were destroyed due to torrential rain that hit Mugina commune of Cibitoke province in northwestern Burundi in the afternoon of September 12. Local administration calls on the population to help each other. A torrential rain mixed with strong winds fell yesterday afternoon in Mugina commune (...)
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Ntahangwa River to be given another direction

09-03-2019 Since August 22nd, the Burundian Ministry Of Environment in collaboration with that of Public Works and Territory Development has been conducting activities to give a new direction to the Ntahangwa River. “We are conducting these activities to solve the problems the river causes in the nearby localities,” says Marc (...)
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Seven provinces chosen for project on catastrophe prevention

08-22-2019 At a press briefing held on August 21st, the national platform for risk prevention and catastrophe management has said seven provinces will be prioritized in the project to reduce natural catastrophes and promote community resilience. Anicet Nibaruta, Executive Secretary of the platform says the project will be implemented in (...)
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Burundi government bans import of plastic bags from August 22nd

08-14-2019 Déo Guide Rurema, Minister of Environment, Agriculture and Livestock has said all imports of plastic bags, non-biodegradable bags and raw materials used to manufacture them are prohibited from August 22nd and all authorizations already granted for this purpose will be canceled. “A person who will be caught after the (...)
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EU gives euro 6.9 million for Lake Tanganyika protection

07-26-2019 On July 25, 2019, Burundi government officially launched the Lake Tanganyika Water Management (LATAWAMA) project financed by the European Union. The aim of the project is to protect the environment, enhance biodiversity and combat the effects of climate change. “EU has given € 6.9 million to finance Lake Tanganyika (...)
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Catastrophe likely to occur in Kuwinterekwa in north of Bujumbura

07-19-2019 Earth fissures continue to destroy houses at Kuwinterekwa locality in Gihosha zone of Ntahangwa commune in the northern part of Bujumbura city. Residents demand urgent help. In the locality commonly known as Kuwinterekwa, people live in a desperate situation. Some houses have already been destroyed and others are likely (...)
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Two consecutive months dedicated to protection of Lake Tanganyika, Environment Minister says

07-05-2019 The inhabitants of Bujumbura city have conducted this 4 July activities consisting of removing water hyacinth from Lake Tanganyika. The removal of this invasive plant which harms aquatic biodiversity and pushes the lake limit comes within the framework of implementing of the ‘Environmental Thursday’ the day officially dedicated to (...)
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Rubbish thrown in public places to be removed within two weeks

06-18-2019 The minister of Health has given a two-week ultimatum to local authorities of Bwiza and Mutanga neighborhoods to remove tons of rubbish lying in the both neighborhoods. “All this rubbish must be removed before the end of June and you must take necessary measures to prevent your citizens from (...)
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Rumonge: Waste management poses problem without dump

06-12-2019 Waste from households or units extracting palm oil and the lack of latrines in some public places are the main concerns expressed by the population during an exchange meeting organized by “Yaga Burundi” association. The commune promises the establishment of a dumpDue to the lack of a dump, wastes (...)
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Use of chemical fertilizers exacerbates environment pollution in Burundi, activist says

06-06-2019 Since 2012, Burundians have doubled the amount of chemical fertilizers used per hectare, which has exacerbated environmental pollution, said Tharcisse Ndayizeye, an environmental activist also member of the Burundian Observatory of Water and Sanitation. It was on the occasion of the World Environment Day celebrated each June 5th. Mr (...)