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Climate Change Profile: East African Great Lakes and Ruzizi Plain

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Introduction

This climate change profile is designed to help integrate climate actions into development activities. It complements the publication ‘Climate-smart = Future-Proof! – Guidelines for Integrating climate-smart actions into development policies and activities’ and provides answers to some of the questions that are raised in the step-by-step approach in these guidelines.
The current and expected effects of climate change differ locally, nationally and regionally. The impacts of climate change effects on livelihoods, food and water security, ecosystems, infrastructure etc. differ per country and region as well as community and individual, with gender a particularly important vulnerability factor.
This climate change profile is a comparison of climate change vulnerability and adaptive capacity in four countries of the East African Great Lakes Region – Burundi, east DRC, Rwanda and Uganda – with a focus on the Ruzizi Plain and with particular attention for food security and water. The Ruzizi Plain covers 1,750 square km of land in northwest Burundi, east DRC and southwest Rwanda1 and consists of lowlands along the borders of the Ruzizi river between Lake Kivu in the north and Lake Tanganyika in the south (see map)