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Environment in Burundi

  • Working Together For Migratory Birds And People Across Africa And Eurasia

    BOTSWANA, 2015/11/17 One lesson that has been well and truly learned in nature conservation is that for policies to be really effective nations have to collaborate to address common problems. Within the UN system it is as well recognized that this applies to the different Programmes, Conventions and Agreements set up over the years. That each of these bodies has a distinct niche and a clear role does not justify a bunker mentality. By synergizing, cooperating and collaborating they can find common cause with natural allies and seek compromises with those whose agendas do not necessarily match their own. AEWA, the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds, is a prime example of an organization that embodies this approach.
  • Hunting in Africa - to Ban or Not to Ban Is the Question

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/21 Hunting has long been a highly controversial activity, whether as a sport (leisure or recreational), for commercial purposes or if done for cultural reasons. African nations that legalise hunting activities experience scrutiny around their conservation efforts, and how much money they make from it. Trophy hunting, which is offered in 23 sub-Saharan African nations, generates an estimated US$201 million per year. Out of the 23 nations taking part in legal hunting activities, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa have the majority effective controls and the highest levels of transparency.
  • Flooding, Landslides Devastate Muhuta, Burundi

    BURUNDI, 2015/04/18 "We are here homeless, without food because our fields were destroyed, no cover for the night, nothing... God has forgotten us," said Vincent Hakizimana, a resident in Muhuta, a commune in western Burundi, next torrential rains triggered flooding and landslides at the end of March. The disaster destroyed over 300 houses inclunding schools and a health facility, according to reports from the International Federation of the Red Cross. Vital infrastructure has as well been damaged, with boulders weighing up to 2 tonnes blocking roads, interrupting transport. Some 3,000 people are estimated to be affected. Following the disaster, which occurred on 29 March, UNFPA responded with an emergency assessment and the distribution of hundreds of dignity kits containing essential hygiene items for women and girls.
  • African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

    BURUNDI, 2014/02/14 African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has condoled with Burundi over the flood disaster that left 60 dead and over 80 wounded, in addition to destroying houses and rendering 10,000 homeless. An AU Commission statement made available to PANA here Wednesday said the Chairperson was greatly saddened at the devastation caused by the flood, which followed torrential rains this week. 'On behalf of the African Union Commission and on her own behalf, the Chairperson conveys her heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims, the Government and people of Burundi,' the statement said.
  • The floods as well cut off roads, power supply and destroyed crops.

    BURUNDI, 2014/02/13 At least 60 people perished in flooding and landslides in Bujumbura the capital of Burundi following a night of torrential rain, officials said Monday February 10. According to police, water and mud flooding from hills outside the city have swept away hundreds of houses, and additional than 100 people injured. The floods as well cut off roads, power supply and destroyed crops. Heavy rainfall began Sunday February 09 in Bujumbura, which lies on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika and went on for 10 hours reported AFP. Houses in the poorer parts of town were the majority affected as they are often built from mud bricks.
  • Farms, Settlements Shrinking African Lion Habitat

    BOTSWANA, 2012/12/24 The people of lions in sub-Saharan Africa is dwindling at a quick pace, according to a recent study, which found that lions have declined by additional than 75 % in the past 50 years, as farms and settlements proliferate. The study found that there are probably only around 32,000 lions still living on the continent. In 1960, there were as a lot of as 100,000 lions living in Africa. West African lions have experienced the greatest decline in people with only as few as 500 left in the region. Duke University researchers led the study, which was published in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.
  • Bushfires are ravaging Ruvubu National Park

    BURUNDI, 2012/12/21 Bushfires are ravaging Ruvubu National Park located in Muyinga and Karuzi provinces in south-eastern Burundi. The park is near the border with Tanzania. A spot check revealed that the fires were usually started by villages while in pursuit of a livelihood. According to Cankuzo Provincial Inspector of Forests Rénovat Niyomwungere, about 80 % of the park was being interfered with.