Creating sustainable capacity for river science in the Congo basin through the CRuHM project

Paul D Bates*, Raphael Tshimanga, Mark A. Trigg, Andrew Carr, C. A Mushi, Pierre M Kabuya, Gode Bola, Jeff Neal, Prekisidis Ndomba, Felix Mtalo, Denis Hughes

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Abstract

In this paper we examine the scientific and sustainable research capacity outcomes of the “Congo River: user Hydraulics and Morphology” or CRuHM project, a six year effort supported by the Royal Society’s Africa Capacity Building Initiative. This project brought together a consortium of African and UK universities to undertake the first large-scale scientific expeditions to the Congo basin of the modern era in order to better understand the largescale hydraulics and geomorphology of this understudied but globally important river. The river is essential for navigation, irrigation, drinking water and hydroelectric power generation for the ten basin countries and is critically important for wildlife and global nutrient, carbon and climatological cycles. The paper summarises the important new scientific understanding that has resulted from the project and the steps taken to ensure a meaningful legacy that would continue long beyond the finite lifetime of available funding. Actions taken to achieve this include establishing a new hydrology research centre at the University of Kinshasa as well as steps to build a wider international community of Congo basin researchers. In this way we hope to build momentum for future funding initiatives and collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
JournalInterface Focus
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 May 2024

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