Climate change: World Bank scales up investments to increase resilience in Burundi

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Burundi’s collines are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Bujumbura, Burundi, is a city in Africa, with steep hillsides or ‘collines’ to the north. Each colline has a patchwork of communities organized around it. It’s threatened by the effects of climate change, such as as torrential rains, floods and landslides. The World Bank has committed to scale up investment programmes to make Burundi’s collines more resilient to climate change. This will help vulnerable communities, many of which are dependent on agriculture. When you land in Bujumbura, Burundi, you are immediately struck by the verdant landscape. Everything is green. The peaceful city is surrounded by beautiful Lake Tanganyika, the deepest in Africa, with majestic hills to the north. Soon, one discovers that those steep hillsides, the nearly 3,000 or so “collines” of Burundi, are much more than an extraordinary landscape. They are home to a patchwork of communities organized around each colline. In many ways, they represent the beauty but also the pains of the people who live on it and from it. These collines hold the souls of ancestors and families lost during past conflicts, including the 1994 crisis. They tell the country’s story. But this impressive majestic […]

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