Burundi: Protection of Northern Lakes already bearing fruit.
Desertification threatens the northern portion of Burundi, notably Kirundo province, a few years ago. This also put the northern lakes, especially Lake Rweru, in jeopardy. Fish production is on the upswing today, owing to measures to maintain its buffer zone. This, in turn, generates employment and helps to community development.
Pascal Nkurunziza, a fisherman on Lake Rweru, showed how wonderfully productivity has risen since awareness creation began. “Prior to the lake’s protection, productivity was poor.” It is now becoming more prevalent. The administration and governor have increased awareness about the need of protecting this lake, and output is growing.
Investors have generated work on the lake as a result of the growth in output. This allows families to make a livelihood.
Daniel Minani described how important fishing has been to his livelihood. “It’s our responsibility to fish. Our managers assign us tasks. That is what keeps us alive. We spend days on the lake, and when we return, they pay us.
According to the government, the growth is genuine and helpful.
“There is a project underway to safeguard the lakes by dividing the buffer zone from the cultivable area.” This has enhanced fish output since the fish locate food and proliferate. This expansion has aided not only in the feeding of this people, but also in the development of the town. Because this town collects a lot of money, around two million FBU in fish marketing taxes every week. Kirundo Governor Albert Hatungimana commented.
Northern Burundi features six lakes, one of which being Lake Rweru.