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Managing environment and disaster risk in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Eco-DRR strategy applies Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) to harness benefits for disaster risk reduction and improved water quality in the Lukaya River basin. It connects upstream and downstream communities and facilitates dialogue amongst water users of the Lukaya River.

Case Study

River Partners: Managing environment and disaster risk in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXjPEsu6jPM

Which priority of action does the practice/case contribute to

Priority for Action 4.

Abstract

Our Eco-DRR strategy applies Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) to harness benefits for disaster risk reduction and improved water quality in the Lukaya River basin. It connects upstream and downstream communities and facilitates dialogue amongst water users of the Lukaya River.

Context

Severe erosion and flooding are creating water-related hazards that impact Kinshasa and surrounding areas. These hazards are exacerbated by heavy rainfall and human activities, such as slash and burn agriculture and uncontrolled housing construction near the Lukaya River, one of the main sources of drinking water for Kinshasa. Soil erosion increases sedimentation and reduces water quality, impacting local fisheries, aggravating flooding, and increasing the cost of water purification.

Location

Lukaya River Basin outside of Kinshasa, Congo.

How the problem was addressed?

Planned interventions:

-       Develop and integrated peri-urban river basin management plan for the Lukaya River Basin that integrates and Eco-DRR approach, including river water quality monitoring, rainfall and flood monitoring, and baseline mapping.

-       Conduct ecosystem-rehabilitation activities, including reforestation, agro-forestry, slope and river bank stabilization through vetiver grass planting.

Results

Project is still ongoing.

Measuring success

The project is assessing success in four key areas:

-       Eco-DRR mainstreamed into development policies and plans;

-       New partnerships and collaborative initiatives on Eco-DRR;

-       Strengthened local / national capacities to implement Eco-DRR;

-       Field interventions on Eco-DRR demonstrate contribution to DRR in terms of hazard mitigation, exposure or vulnerability reduction or enhancing local resilience.

Relevance to HFA

Reducing underlying drivers of risk, influencing the National Water Policy and mainstreaming IWRM/Eco-DRR, convening the Ministries of Environment, Interior and Social and Humanitarian Affairs to develop a common position on HFA2.  

Did HFA OR Making Cities Resilient Campaign play a role in enabling this initiative? No

If yes, how / If no, what needs to be done in HFA2 to enable such initiatives? Recognition of sustainable ecosystem management as a solution to reducing disaster risks.

Potential for replication

These activities are pilot demonstrations enabling people to learn and implement it in vulnerable areas and places where they have the opportunity to do so.

Contribution by

UNEP Disaster Risk Reduction Programme Coordinator

Marisol.Estrella@unep.org

UNEP DR Congo Programme Manager

Hassan.Partow@unep.org

UNEP DR Congo Field Project Coordinator

Celine.Jacmain@unep.org