Water Stressed Villages around Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to Increase Rainwater Harvesting Capacity

Twelve community rain water harvesting tanks are close to completion in 10 villages   bordering Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda.  The 10 villages are some of the water stressed areas in Nyarusiza and Muramba sub counties in Kisoro district, Uganda.  Although densely populated Nyarusiza and Muramba sub counties have about 18 % and 16% of water coverage respectively compared to the town center with 98% water coverage. Most often the communities in Nyarusiza and Muramba frequent the park for water, posing a threat to the lives of the community and that of the mountain gorillas. Water4Virungas is a transboundary project funded by the Kingdom of Netherlands through the Dutch Embassy in Rwanda. The project ensures provision of safe and clean water to the communities around the Virungas as a way of reducing human presence in the park and managing conflict between the park and the community, and sometimes amongst the community itself and service providers. IGCP is a consortium member of the W4Vs implementing institutions.

Water Stressed Villages around Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to Increase Rainwater Harvesting Capacity

A rain water harvesting tank in Kanombe village.

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