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Reforestation of the watersheds of the Kabu 16 hydroelectric dam under construction


Jan 11, 2022

CIBITOKE January 10th (ABP) – The governor of Cibitoke province (north-west of Burundi) Carème Bizoza, accompanied by a representative of the Ministry of Hydraulics, Energy and Mines, the coordinator of dam activities Kabu 16 under construction, local authorities and other executives from the Directorate General of Hydraulics, joined on Thursday, January 6, the population of Rugano village in Murwi commune and its surroundings, as part of community works.

The works consisted of the protection of the environment and public infrastructure and the reforestation of the watersheds of the Kabu 16 dam under construction.

According to the municipal administrator of Murwi, Mr. Melchiade Nzokizwanayo, around 5,000 eucalyptus plants have been established as of today. He said that this was the start-up reforestation work that will even continue in other villages in zones of his commune, outside the Ngoma area. He urged his people to make those reforestation activities their own, even at home.

For the governor of Cibitoke province, after his thanks to the Ministry of Hydraulics, Energy and Mines which organized this activity, asked the population to properly maintain those plants, through weeding and maintenance of young woodlots.

He also took the opportunity to answer questions from residents of the hills overlooking the Murwi hydroelectric dam, Kabu 16.

For the head of the office of the Burundian Office for the Protection of the Environment (OBPE), Mr. Fidèle Nzigamiye, out of 10,000 plants that should be planted, 5,000 remaining plants continue to be put in place by the people, with workers from the Kabu 16 dam.

The same person in charge of the OBPE specifies that such work of reforestation of the hills must continue within the framework of the program “Ewe Burundi Urambaye”, without forgetting the protection of the edges of the rivers by bamboo. He said a good number of seedlings are reaching maturity in the OBPE nurseries, located in different localities of the province.