Enhancing Climate Change Resilience in Great Lakes Region Watersheds: the Lake Kivu Catchment and Rusizi River CRAG

Sustainable natural resource management is key in increasing climate change resilience. Photo: Albert Schenk


BirdLife International, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS - Rwanda), BirdLife Partners Association Burundaise pour la protection de la Nature (ABN) in Burundi and Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda (ACNR) in Rwanda, and Horizon Nature, an NGO working in Eastern DRC, are implementing the MacArthur Foundation funded ‘CRAG project’ in the Lake Kivu Basin and Rusizi River Catchments. The project has started in April 2014 and will run until March 2017.

The acronym CRAG stands for Climate Resilient Altitudinal Gradient, which is a landscape unit with a minimum altitudinal range of 1,000 meters, and which is characterized by climate resilient biodiversity and ecosystem service values.

This CRAG approach brings together a variety of conservation approaches and activities, such as integrated water management; ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change; soil erosion, pollution and forest management; and community livelihoods, which have impact across the landscape gradient in ways that directly benefit human wellbeing and biodiversity values.

The goal of the project is to help to understand, and respond to, increased environmental pressures from climate change, and to create and expand incentives to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services in the South Kivu and Rusizi River catchments.

Further information can be found on the project Factsheet (in English or French).


Download the CRAG Intervention Plan (CIP) here: CRAG Intervention Plan (PDF, 6MB)



  • From the 16th to the 18th of September 2014, as part of the MacArthur Foundation funded Enhancing Climate Change Resilience in Great Lakes Region Watersheds: the Lake Kivu Catchment and Rusizi River CRAG project, a regional workshop was held at Belvedere Hotel in Gisenyi – Rwanda. The workshop was attended by 39 participants, from the project partners (BirdLife, ABN, ACNR, HN and WCS, Anton Seimon – Appalachian State University – USA and team), the Lake Kivu and Rusizi River Basin Authority (ABAKIR), and various representatives from government, NGOs, and the private sector from Burundi, DRC, Rwanda and Tanzania. Download full Regional Workshop Report


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