As demand for water, energy and food increases due to population growth and rising standards of living, so will the
challenges and interconnectedness between and among the various sectors.Improved and better coordinated management and development of water resources will therefore become an imperative rather than an option. The plan will lay a firm foundation for more systematic, cooperative and tangible actions aimed at addressing the emerging socio-economic challenges in the basin and the region in an efficient and sustainable manner…
Zambezi Water Resources Information System (ZAMWIS) is an interactive, web-based data and information portal for the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) based on contemporary and historical spatial data, hydrological time series,earth observation information and other related information..
Stakeholder Participation and Partnerships for Cooperation brochure
Stakeholder participation in ZAMCOM is critical in order to ensure ownership and legitimacy of outputs, products and outcomes in the context of sustainable cooperation. Therefore, it is important that processes are based on a sound, consultative approach that continuously builds trust and confidence among stakeholders. Consultation with and participation of governmental, non-governmental and civil society organisations linked to water and related resources management and development in the basin are at the heart of the overall approach.
Floods and Droughts in the Zambezi River Basin Policy Brief
The Zambezi River Basin is vulnerable to floods and droughts due to cyclical weather patterns made worse by land
use changes, increasing pressure on land, and climate variability and change. The rising frequency and severity of
floods and droughts in the basin has led to increased human and environmental impacts that far exceed the capacity of communities to cope using their own resources.
WATER-ENERGY-FOOD NEXUS in the Zambezi River Basin Fact Sheet
Water, energy and food are essential for human well-being. Management of water, generation of energy and production of food are closely linked. In the Zambezi River Basin, these sectors often fall under separate ministries and departments, yet the use or management of one of these resources can impact on the other.
Zambezi River Basin | Atlas of the Changing Environment(2012)
The Zambezi River Basin Atlas of the Changing Environment profiles an outstanding and globally important river basin.The massive Zambezi River Basin is a vital resource that holds potential for cooperation of the eight riparian nations in areas of environmental governance, cultural and heritage preservation, and economic development
Integrated Water Resources Management Strategy and Implementation Plan for the Zambezi River Basin:At a Glance (2016)
This document presents a summary of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Strategy and Implementation Plan for the Zambezi Basin (ZAMSTRAT), designed to widely disseminate the conclusions and recommendations of the IWRM strategy 2008 in an attractive, up-to-date format.
Rules and Procedures For Data Sharing Adopted by Council February 2016
These Rules and Procedures shall apply to the sharing of data and information relevant to the equitable and reasonable utilisation, management and sustainable development of the Zambezi Watercourse. These Rules and Procedures shall not apply to information exchange in emergency situations as defined in Article 17 of the ZAMCOM-Agreement.
Zambezi Environment Outlook (2015)
The Zambezi Environment Outlook provides an integrated analysis of the shared natural resources of the Zambezi River Basin, taking into account the ecological, social and economic issues, as these factors are critical to achieving sustainable management and development of the water and related resources of the Basin.
The ZAMCOM Agreement
The evolution of international cooperation in the Zambezi River Basin has developed over more than three decades concluding with the signing of the ZAMCOM Agreement on 13 July 13 2004 in Kasane, Botswana, by Ministers responsible for water from seven of the eight riparian states – Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. The Agreement came into force on 19 June 2011 after six of the eight riparian countries completed their ratification processes and deposited their ratification instruments with the SADC Secretariat. Zambia subsequently acceded to the agreement in 2013, and Malawi continues to finalise accession processes.
Zambezi River Basin – Atlas of the Changing Environment (2014)
The Atlas uses satellite images, high resolution photographs, illustrative text and graphics to present various issues in the Zambezi basin, which encompasses part of eight countries – Angola ,Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Atlas can be accessed through the following site:
Dam Synchronisation and Flood Releases in the Zambezi River Basin Project Executive Summary- 31 March 2011
This Executive Summary presents a synopsis of the overall challenges, findings and recommendations of the “Dam Synchronization and Flood Releases in the Zambezi River Basin” Project. The Project’s purpose was to address the question, “How can dams and measures of water management in the whole Zambezi River Basin contribute to safeguarding lives, livelihoods and nature while giving room for further sustainable development with due regard for the costs?”.
A Multi-Sector Investment Opportunities Analysis- Summary 2010
This report provides a summary of the series of reports and documents prepared to assess the water resources development options and benefits of cooperation among the riparian countries in the Zambezi River Basin
Integrated Water Resources Management Strategy and Implementation Plan for the Zambezi River Basin (ZAMSTRAT)- 2008
The Integrated Water Resources Management Strategy and Implementation Plan for the Zambezi River Basin was adopted by the Riparian States as the main strategic reference document. It defines a set of medium to long term measures in support of integrated water resources management and development within the basin. These measures address main issues and challenges for the development and management of the water resources of the Zambezi Basin for the socio-economic development of the Basin in particular and the region as a whole.
Rapid Assessment Final Report (2007)
This Rapid Assessment Report provides an overview of water resources availability, water utilization and environmental and water quality issues as they apply to the shared Zambezi River Basin. Where possible these parameters are analyzed at the level of the thirteen sub-basins that make up the Zambezi Basin.
SADC Revised Protocol on Shared Watercourses (2000)
The SADC Revised Protocol, initially passed in 1995 and revised in 2000, aims to foster closer cooperation among Member States for protection, management, and use of shared watercourses in the region. Member States agree to cooperate on projects and exchange information on shared watercourses, consulting with each other and collaborating on initiatives that balance development of watercourses with conservation of the environment.