Completed in 1949 under Belgian direction, this station has focused on studies of the Lake Tanganyika ecosystem. Today, the Center houses three research departments: Biology, Hydrology and Fishery Economics. There is a guesthouse for foreign researchers and students. The Center lost most of its research equipment during the Congolese civil war, but the facility still maintains a staff of 18 researchers and 10 assistants. Revitalizing this station will allow it to play a major role in conserving the biodiversity of Lake Tanganyika.The staff of the CRH, Uvira includes a group of dedicated researchers who have remained with the station for many years. Because of the continuing conflicts, they have received no salaries from the government for much of this time.