Published: 17 October 2017
The world has set up targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reached by 2030 and water resources protection is among many of the targets of the resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015.
Target 9 of Goal 3, (Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-being for all at all Ages) set 2030 as the year when the substantial reduction of the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination will be attained.
To fit in their role as civil society member organizations, Burundi National Discourse Forum (BNDF) and its member organizations embarked on the community mobilization and advocacy for the protection of water courses from any kind of pollutant. On 15th June 2017, the BNDF’s member organization, ADESEC (Association Villageoise d'Entraide et de Développement Communautaire) held a conference themed: “Mobilization for Water and Environment protection.” Participants discussed on efforts needed to enhance the protection of water resources and environment by making the governing water law more effective.
Participants agreed on establishing the joint framework to advocate for water resources protection. The same month, another BNDF member, AVEDEC held a one-day conference in which a presentation on the presence of pollutants was made. In this conference, stakeholders discussed on the way forward to address challenges. Four dumpsites were identified by AVEDEC in the city during their study. They include a dumpsite in Musaga Zone, especially between Musaga and Gasekebuye residential areas, at the bank of Mpimba River, at Gikoto and near Kamesa bridge. After this discovery, BNDF is now looking for strategic approaches to address water and environment pollution by involving all concerned stakeholders and local authorities.