The Lake Kivu and North-Tanganyika region in Central Africa (Great Lakes Region : DRC, Burundi, Rwanda) is affected by a combination of geological risks (volcanism, earthquakes, mass movements, carbon dioxide emanations, limnic gas eruptions, …). Their exceptional combination in a single region, together with a growing high density population result in a particularly high exposure to georisks.
RGL-GEORISK aims at re-enforcing the capacity of local universities and scientific institutions (target groups) for teaching, research and monitoring in the domain of the geological risks. The objective is to train specialists and produce scientific information’s necessary for raising the awareness, advice and help the local authorities to allow them to take into account these factors in their regional development policy, to the benefit of the population. It is a 3-year project, started in May 2013, which will give about 20 scientists a background formation and a practical training in scientific research in the domains of the georisks, and install 3 new observation stations (sismic, GPS and weather), for improving the capacity of the 5 partner institutions for the observation and investigation of the georisks.
RGL-GEORISK is a project of the Frame Agreement RMCA-DGD programme, funded by the Direction générale Coopération au développement et Aide humanitaire of Belgium (DGD).