GNF - Lake Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda
 

Lake Kivu – Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda

 

Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes. Lake Kivu is situated on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and is in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Lake Kivu empties into the Rusizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika. Lake Kivu is 90 km long and 50 km wide. It covers a total surface of about 2,700 km², some 1,370 km² or 58 percent of the lake's waters lie within DRC borders.

 

The height of the lake is 1,460 m above sea level. The lake has a maximum depth of 475 m and an average depth of 220 m. Lake Kivu has recently been found to contain approximately 55 billion m³ of dissolved biogas at a depth of 300 m.

 

The fish fauna in Lake Kivu has 28 species and it is the home of four species of freshwater crabs. The biodiversity of the Lake Kivu is threatened on large scale by the deforestation of the lake`s bank, by human activities, in particular urban waste, soil erosion, improper use of agrochemicals, finishing, household waste and insufficient sewage water treatment.

 

Lake Kivu is a natural drinking water reservoir for people in Goma town and some surrounding villages in Kabare and Kalehe territories in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 Lake Kivu and its surrounding landscapes.
 Fisher boats on Lake Kivu.
 Village on the shoreline of Lake Kivu.
 

Global Initiative for the Environment and Reconciliation (GER)

Contact person: Mr Innocent Musore

P.O. Box 2117
Gasabo, Remera EAR Building
Kigali, Rwanda

Phone: +250 783 570 305

E-mail: info@globalr.org

Webpage: www.globalr.org

 Global Initiative for the Environment and Reconciliation (GER)
 

Front Commun pour la Protection de l’Environnement et des Espaces Protégés

Contact person: Mr John Ciza Byerungu

Kavumu, Kabare territory, South Kivu Province

Democratic Republic of Congo

Phone: +243 994245578

E-mail: fcpeep@gmail.com

 Front Commun pour la Protection de l’Environnement et des Espaces Protégés