Report // Summary of Lake Kivu and Ruzizi/Rusizi River Basin
The basin baseline study documents the current state of the basin’s water resources and natural environment while also identifying current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the basin. The study takes a holistic WEF Nexus approach, analyzing the interlinkages between water, energy, food security, and the natural environment. The study was drafted in close cooperation with GIZ project partner and basin organization ABAKIR (Autorité du Bassin de Lac Kivu et de la Rivière Ruzizi/Lake Kivu and Ruzizi River Basin Authority).
The study area encompasses the cross-border catchment area of Lake Kivu and the Ruzizi/Rusizi River up to its mouth at Lake Tanganyika. It covers a total surface area of 13,449 km2, including 2,412 km2 for Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is a volcanic dam lake at an average altitude of 1 462 m, with a maximum depth of 485 m. The Ruzizi/Rusizi River flows southwards from Lake Kivu for 168 km across the Ruzizi/Rusizi plain to Lake Tanganyika.
Summary of Baseline Study of Lake Kivu and the Ruzizi River