BUJUMBURA June 12th (ABP) – A delegation from the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) led by the Commissioner in charge of the environment, natural resources, agriculture and sustainable development, Dr Honoré Tabuna has just sojourned in Burundi from June 7 to 10, 2021.
At the end of that working visit, Dr Tabuna told the press that the objective of that mission was to inquire about the situation of the effects linked to the rise in the water level of Lake Tanganyika which resulted in the displacement of part of the population of Gatumba following the floods.
Commissioner Tabuna said the delegation came to Burundi to see how the government and its partners were able to manage the situation prevailing in that locality of Gatumba with a view to identifying durable solutions for the future.
Instead of working on emergencies, he stressed, it is better to work on responses and durable solutions.
The member countries of ECCAS have agreed to assist each country in the community. In 2015, he recalled, the Heads of State of ECCAS member countries took the decision that a member country of that community which is a leader in an economic sector must host on its territory the coordination center of the said sector, that is to say, a research and innovation center.
To that end, he announced that Burundi will have to take the lead in civil protection as well as the wetlands management center (water), a good opportunity for Burundi to manage water resources. Note that ECCAS took inception in 1983 and brings together 11 member countries including Burundi.