072-i. Advice: methane extraction and monitoring in Lake Kivu - Rwanda

The NCEA advised on methane extraction and monitoring of stratification in Lake Kivu.

Rapports consultatifs et autres documents

13 juil 2007: Other
Accompanying letter
Appendices Advice
19 févr. 2008: Other
Advice of the Secretariat (DRAFT)
Appendices Advice of the Secretariat (DRAFT)

Détails significatifs

The methane and carbon dioxide contents of Lake Kivu need to be reduced in order to decrease the risk of sudden gas eruptions and related dangers. The governments of Rwanda and the DRC have chosen to reduce gas saturation of Lake Kivu’s waters in a profitable and environmentally sustainable way. There is broad agreement that monitoring is necessary on:

  • The overall stratification of the lake at large;
  • The influence of methane harvesting and methane use on lake stratification and on the environment.

The NCEA was asked to facilitate a workshop with all stakeholders, to agree on the way forward. In addition, it was asked to formulate an advice on methane extraction and monitoring of lake stratification. After a successful workshop, the NCEA and its working group provided input to the requirements and guidelines document and the carbon credits request for Lake Kivu. In addition, the NCEA prepared an advice to support the governments of both countries to embed methane extraction and monitoring of lake stratification, describing the necessary legal, regulatory and institutional setting. Two advisory documents were issued:

  • Advice on harvesting the methane resource and monitoring the stratification of Lake Kivu;
  • Monitoring strategy and monitoring action plan for Lake Kivu gas extraction.

Parties concernées

Membres du groupe de travail

Francois Darchambeau
Alfred Wüest

Le président: Dick de Zeeuw
Secrétaire technique: Reinoud Post

Promoteur et Autorité de composants

Ministry of Infrastructure - Rwanda

Autorité de composants
Governments of Rwanda & the DRC
Ministry of Infrastructure - Rwanda

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Pays: Rwanda

Mise à jour: 23 avr 2019