Under different projects to protect Nyabarongo river, 1,121 hectares of Nyabarongo’s river catchments in Muhanga and Ngororero districts are planned to be rehabilitated by applying terraces, agro-forestry and afforestation as well as promoting sustainable mining.
“Joint efforts from all stakeholders would help turn again Nyabarongo into clean water”, said Francois Xavier Tetero, the Head of Water Resources Management Department at Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA), during a media tour at Upper Nyabarongo catchment. The tour took place on Thursday, 15th March 2018 featuring activities to raise awareness about water resources management in celebrating International World Water Day which takes place annually on 22 March.
“We are designing a six year plan for rehabilitating Nyabarongo catchments with a budget that will help in the projects implementation. We also have partners such as Water for Growth that has been funding some projects to protect the catchments,” he added.
Mr. Francois Xavier Tetero said that protecting the river is a drive for ensuring enough water for agricultural irrigation projects, water processing industries and suppliers, hydropower projects and other ones that need water use permits.
Water for Growth Rwanda support interventions in four demonstration catchments, Muvumba in Eastern Province, Upper Nyabarongo in southern Province, Nyabugogo in Kigali City and Sebeya in Western Province to pilot governance framework, develop land and water management solutions.
Through the catchments, the project creates a mechanism for practices, learning and demonstrating approaches with the objective to raise the capacity for better water management and good practices of the Integrated Water Resource Management.
On 22nd of March 2018, Rwanda joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 25th World Water Day under the theme “Nature for Water”. The ceremony was endorsed by a community work where sandbags have been put alongside Sebeya river and plantation of alnus to control floods which usually destroy houses and properties of Kanama Sector Community, Rubavu District.