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Book chapter2017Peer reviewed

Congo Basin's Shrinking Watersheds: Potential Consequences on Local Communities

Inogwabini, Bila-Isia; Rao, P; Patil, Y


Rainfall time series data from three sites (Kinshasa, Luki, and Mabali) in the western Democratic Republic of Congo were analyzed using regression analysis; rainfall intensities decreased in all three sites. The Congo Basin waters will follow the equation y = -20894x + 5483.16; R-2 = 0.7945. The model suggests 18%-loss of the Congo Basin water volume and 7%-decrease for fish biomasses by 2025. Financial incomes generated by fishing will decrease by 11% by 2040 compared with 1998 levels. About 51% of women (N= 408,173) from the Lake Tumba Landscape fish; their revenues decreased by 11% between 2005 and 2010. If this trend continues, women's revenues will decrease by 59% by 2040. Decreased waters will severely impact women (e.g. increasing walking distances to clean waters). Increasing populations and decreasing waters will lead to immigrations to this region because water resources will remain available and highly likely ignite social conflicts over aquatic resources.

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Title: Reconsidering the Impact of Climate Change on Global Water Supply, Use, and Management
ISBN: 978-1-5225-1046-8, eISBN: 978-1-5225-1047-5
Publisher: IGI GLOBAL, 701 E CHOCOLATE AVE, STE 200, HERSEY, PA 17033-1240 USA

    Associated SLU-program

    Lakes and watercourses

    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG5 Gender equality
    SDG6 Clean water and sanitation

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources

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