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Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Area: 5888268 km2
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2.43 out of 5
WWF Country Risk Score
140 out of 248 Countries
WWF Country Rank
Total Organizations: 15
Total Projects: 4
Priority SDGs: Increase Access to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (SDG 6.1 & 6.2)
Water Quality (SDG 6.3)
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Integrated Water Resource Management (SDG 6.5)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
International Cooperation and Capacity Building (SDG 6.a)
Stakeholder Participation (SDG 6.b)
Water-Related Disaster Management (SDG 11.5)
Sustainable Production (SDG 12.4)
Climate Resilience and Adaptation (SDG 13.1)
Priority Regions: Congo
Priority Industries: Biotech, health care & pharma
Power generation
Organization Types:
NGO / Civil Society
International Organization
Utility / Water Service Provider
Profile Completion: 82%

Water-Related Challenge Costs

Total annual estimated cost to address all water-related challenges: $6,472,102,835.00

Share of total annual estimated cost to address each individual challenge (2015 $USD):

  • Access to Drinking Water: $2,033,874,502.00 - [31%]
  • Access to Sanitation: $2,228,217,365.00 - [34%]
  • Industrial Pollution: $963,994,782.00 - [15%]
  • Agricultural Pollution: $78,562,761.00 - [1%]
  • Water Scarcity: $88,769,620.00 - [1%]
  • Water Management: $1,078,683,806.00 - [17%]

For more about this data, see information on WRI’s Achieving Abundance dataset here.

Water Challenges

As reported by organizations on the Hub.

Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards
Land Use Issues
Socioeconomic and Reputation
Upstream Water Issues
Water Pricing

Country Overview

1.1.1.WATER RESOURCES The river network is dense. It includes some thirty major rivers, totalling more than 20,000km. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is dominated by the Congo Basin, which is the world’s second-largest river basin in terms of discharge. These waters flow into the Congo river, 4,670km long, with the second-largest flow of the world (30,000m3/s). The country lies on the southwestern fringes of the Nile Basin; the Nile portion accounts for less than 2 per cent of the national land area. It flows into the equatorial lakes region, which lies along the border with Uganda. DRC is the wettest country on the continent, with average internal renewable water resources of 900km3/year – almost a quarter of Africa’s fresh water resources. This potential is huge and almost completely untapped. With a final capacity of 44,000MW, the Inga hydroelectric dam on the Congo river is able to meet the energy needs of all Africa, but only 650-750MW of power is produced due to the non-operation of two thirds of the turbines.

1.1.2.WATER USE In 2000, water withdrawals were estimated at 356 million m3, including 112 million for agriculture (32 per cent), 186 million for domestic use (52 per cent) and 58 million for industry (16 per cent).

1.2.WATER QUALITY, ECOSYSTEMS AND HUMAN HEALTH DRC’s major environmental problems are air pollution from vehicle emissions, water pollution from the dumping of raw sewage, undrinkable tap water, and deforestation. Water is subject to various forms of pollution, including: •pollution from the generally unsanitary condition of towns; •pollution linked to industrial activity and transport (in lakes, rivers and the navigable bays of the Congo); •oil pollution, particularly along the Atlantic coast, where two companies operate crude oil refineries and crude oil is imported.

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Organizations in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Encourage women's autonomous efforts to protect and promote their human rights in general, and to improve their social, health, economic and political situation. Learn More

Antea Group is an international engineering and environmental consulting firm with access to more than 3,000 consultants in over 100 offices around the world. Our Sustainability Practice brings together management consultants and technical experts offering solutions from strategy through implementation … Learn More

We form part of the Barnes Group of Companies. We leverage our ability off owning our own steel manufacturing mill, which then supplies into our wholly owned primary manufacturing companies, who then produce standard and customer specific products which are … Learn More

Our mission is to provide complete water development services and affordable products, creating access to clean water. This includes a wide assortment of essential, sustainable, life-enhancing products and services to benefit people living in crisis. Our clients are mostly NGO's … Learn More

CLEAN International mobilizes and evaluates innovative, environmentally sustainable solutions for clean water and sanitation through ongoing education, partnerships, and evaluation in order to save and improve lives. CLEAN International specializes in customizing projects to meet climate and water goals worldwide. … Learn More

HYDROC is an association of independent consultants, -scientists and -engineers, providing water-related services through a network of national and international experts. Our concept uses the synergies of our combined expertise for the successful implementation of a variety of projects. Our … Learn More

Hope for Development in Africa mission is to reduce poverty and vulnerability in DR Congo and in Africa in general, without any discrimination. It intervenes where humanitarian and social needs require it by mobilizing emergency relief, setting up sustainable development … Learn More

LYSECONCEPT « Biological Pit » 6 in 1 A biotechnology providing a global, definitive, ecological, economical, biological and productive solution: 1. To the problem of waste water management ; 2. To the problem of the total elimination of excrements ; … Learn More

Nanochemistry for the solution of mixed agriculture problems and improvement of environmental state influence of nanosilica on the water phase transitions in hygroscopic systems----investigation of nanosilica and yeast cells based composite for soil and water waste treatment---environmentally friendly nanocomposite systems … Learn More

ABOUT US SAPI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children affected by conflict. We support communities by bringing water and sanitation, education, and sustainable care to children and women affected by the conflict in 6 countries ( DR- Congo, … Learn More

To extend safe drinking water to both urban and Rural Ugandans Learn More

Appropriate Technologies for Congo, TAC Asbl is an NGO based in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the city of Kinshasa, composed of community members, volunteers and youth, sharing the same objective: to develop and support activities to improve health, … Learn More

Mission To promote Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, Health and Safety in Cameroon and beyond Vision Strong, Healthy and productive communities. Our Core Transparency, Accountability, Integrity and Honesty. Learn More

WaterStep responds to critical needs for safe water by evaluating and implementing solutions and teaching people to use those tools. WaterStep saves lives with safe water by empowering communities to take care of their own long-term water needs. We believe … Learn More

To inspire people to live in harmony with nature for the benefit of our country and well-being of all Learn More

Projects in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Project WET is currently active in more than 75 countries around the world through a network of partner organizations that range from small NGOs to major international corporations and organizations. We only go where we’re invited! We work with our … Learn More

Ce projet consiste à construire 4 bloc latrines pour les filles et garcons dans les ecoles de Mutongo, la construction des toilettes dans l'aire de santé de Mutongo, le captage de l'eau de pluies, la dotation de kits d'hygiene pour … Learn More

The overall plan is to increase improved access to and use of safe water and sanitation services and improve hygiene practices to 4400 people in target communities in the Sagnarigu District by the end of 2016. Specifically, the project seeks … Learn More

Providing safe and drinking water around the communities with crisis Learn More

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