Burundi - Watershed Management and Climate Resilience Improvement Project (PABVARC)

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 Apr 2013
Signature Date 28 May 2013
Planned Completion Date 31 Oct 2017
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2018
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Environment
DAC Sector Code 41010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 6,230,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Watershed Management and Climate Resilience Improvement Project (PABVARC) of Burundi will be implemented over a period of five years. The project, through the rehabilitation or the participatory realization of a certain number of works of development and construction of essential infrastructures, will not only promote the food production, but will also contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the populations, especially in terms of opening up, nutrition and human health as well as social organization. It will intervene in six provinces (Bujumbura Rural, Bururi, Gitega, Karusi, Makamba and Rutana) for watershed management activities and at the national level for actions supporting the hydrometeorological system. The main expected results are as follows: (i) Development of twenty-six micro-watersheds in the project area, including twelve taking into account climate risks, for a total area of 10,000 ha, reforestation of 6,800 ha, maintenance 7,375 ha of old plantations, construction of 1,000 km of new vegetated trenches and opening of 880 km of firewalls; (ii) Maintenance of 150 km of tracks including 66 km of new tracks and 30 km of tracks that have been lateralised; (iii) Production of a strategic guide for the consideration of climate change in watershed management; (iv) Rehabilitation of 21 meteorological stations and 21 hydrological observation points and (v) Establishment of a hydrometeorological information and data exchange system to be used in particular for climate change adaptation. The total cost of the project is UA 9.07 million.

Project Objectives

The aim of the project is to open up and develop watersheds in order to increase agricultural production and income from forest production. The objective of PABVARC is to contribute to the food security of the populations by strengthening the resilience of agricultural and forestry production systems.


The populations constituted in groups and associations will be priority and especially the groups or associations of women. The population that will directly benefit from the agro-silvo-zootechnical integration project activities is about 11,000 households, about 1,000 people will benefit from training activities. Added to this is the capacity building of 85 forest service staff and IGEBU, 42 technicians and 60 observers on the technical aspects of watershed management and climate change. In total, the direct beneficiaries are about 77,000 people (55% women), or 10% of the total population of the project area.

Participating Organization

Fragile States Facility
Ministère de l'Aménagement du Territoire, de l'Environnement et du Tourisme


IATI identifier 46002-P-BI-C00-001
Last Update 01 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name EL FALEH Jalel
Email j.elfaleh@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Burundi
Coordinates Location Name
-3.3822 29.3644 Bujumbura
-3.85 29.6333 Bururi Province
-3.5 29.95 Gitega Province
-3.125 30.1333 Karuzi Province
-4.16667 29.7528 Makamba Province
-3.86667 30.1 Rutana Province