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Buffer Zone Improves Water Quality at Rwanda-Burundi Border
July 20, 2016
After nearly three decades of depending on silted water from Lake Cohoha in southern Rwanda, Mukahigiro Davita, one of the residents living in the villages along the banks of this lake, now fetches water free of sand, soil and mud.
Mukahigiro’s new ray of hope is as a result of the project — Water, Climate and Development Program (WACDEP) — implemented in the Lake Cohoha basin by Global Water Partnership of Eastern Africa (GWPEA), an international organisation that works to advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development.
Lake Cohoha is situated on the Rwanda- Burundi border and covers up to 508 km2. Part of this lake equivalent to 139 km2 lies in Rwanda. The remaining 369 km2 is in Burundi.