Community disaster risk management in Burundi

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From October 9, 2015 to December 31, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks
  2. 13.2 Integrate climate change into national policies, planning
  3. 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management

Project ID: 4922

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Technical team

  • Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Climate information and early warning systems (CI & EWS)
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation



Transformed sector(s)


UNDP role(s)

  • Institutional mechanism and system building
  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Direct support / Service Delivery


  • Capacity building
  • Finance economy
  • Technology innovation


  • Fiscal planning
  • Improved soil and water management techniques
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Knowledge/Data management
  • Technical capacity building

Social inclusion


Gender equality

  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • People pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change into national policies, planning
  • 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic


About this project


Located in Central Africa, Burundi is a landlocked country extended on an area of 27,834 km². In the 2008 census more than 8,053,574 inhabitants were recorded, the majority living in rural areas, with a population growth rate of 2.4% per year. The National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA) reported that Burundi is subjected to the adverse effects of climate change. Reduction in agricultural production, losses in human lives, increased risks of diseases, loss of biodiversity, etc. are among the consequences following climate induced flooding and landslides in Burundi. Under a weak socio economic context, these climate-induced events have worsened poverty and food security. In recent years, extreme weather conditions have created humanitarian disasters. In 2007, almost 25% of the population of Burundi have been hit by floods and needed assistance. With over 90% of the population depending on agriculture, these extreme climate events have serious consequences for food and livelihood opportunities. Lack of rainfall has also been a contributing factor to the decrease of water in many lakes in Burundi. The country is also affected by devastating floods frequent till nowadays especially after excessive rainfall. In the plains of Imbo, some rivers like Kajeke, Dama, Murembwe, Rwaba cause flooding associated with heavy rainfall in the highlands of the Congo-Nile basin. The challenge is to prepare communities and local decision-makers to adapt. The on-going post-conflict reconstruction in Burundi presents an opportunity to ensure that climate change related risks are integrated into ongoing government-led effortsIn alignment with the National Disaster Risk Management Strategy and the NAPA, and under emergency and reconstruction phase, the proposed financed LDCF project “Community based climate change related disaster risk management” will build the capacity of provincial, communal services and local communities on disaster risks management from preparedness to response to ensure a relevant and sustainable emergency and reconstruction phase in Bugesera, Mumirwa and Imbo Lowlands' regions. Barriers to meeting this objective include: (i) lack of operational systems of disaster risk management to reduce the vulnerability of communities to the impacts of climate change; (ii) weak capacity to generate real-time hydrometeorological information alert and weak weather forecasting capacity to support with reliable information effective preparedness and response to climate change impacts; (iii) limited technical and financial capacity to protect local communities and public infrastructures from climate risk and disaster.Contributions to overcome these barriers and reduce the level of vulnerabilities to climate change will be achieved through the pursuit of specific outcomes including: (i) monitoring tools including Community Based Early Warning System (CB EWS) are implemented and operational; (ii) adaptation to climate change is incorporated into communal plans for development; (iii) the meteorological information / forecast is produced and broadcast in real time; (iv) the response capacity of communities in strengthened; (v) watershed land management interventions are implemented.


Provincial, communal services and local communities capacitated on disaster risks preparedness and responses management to ensure long term and sustainable emergency and reconstruction phase in Bugesera, Mumirwa and Imbo Lowlands" regions.

USD $8,785,000

Grant amount

USD $27,000,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Least Developed Countries Fund ($8,785,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Burundi

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Community disaster risk management in Burundi