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Optimizing the valorization of water and rock resources for improved livelihoods in Arusha volcanic region


Volcanoes present many opportunities in term of natural resources as well as challenges for their safe and sustainable exploitations. They are essential reservoirs for groundwater storage and for rock resources with potentials for improving regional economy. However, volcanic rocks are often sources of high fluoride in both surface and groundwater. To account for increased water scarcity, extensive groundwater exploitation of poorly known quantity and quality, as well as high fluorine contents, understanding of the water resources within the Arusha volcanic region is essential. Geological characterization of volcanic rocks is also required to support the safe and rational valorization of this resource. This project aims at increasing scientific knowledge on these natural resources and research capacities in hydro-geology, environmental and volcano-related geology through training of 2 PhD students, master students and collaborations between two Tanzania Earth Science groups and Belgian partners. It will be developed in synergy with local environmental stakeholders and communication of key results to relevant target groups will contribute to improved socio-economic security of local populations.

Intervention type

TEAM projects


01/01/2017 - 31/12/2021

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Matthieu Kervyn
Local promoter Ceven Shemsanga
Local partner institution Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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Local partner institution University of Dodoma
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Budget € 299.992