Straddling the border between the DRC and Rwanda, Lake Kivu is the sixth largest lake in Africa.
It is one of the two smallest African Great Lakes, but is the third deepest and sits at the highest altitude. It is located in an area with one of the highest population densities and population growth rates in the AGL region.
Lake Kivu is home to around 28 fish species, half of which are cichlids found only in Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is the largest local source of fish in Rwanda, providing more than 20,000 tons of fish per year and subsidizing fish imports for animal protein.
Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.