Participation in decision-making in the management of the Zambezi river basin is set to include all the eight riparian states following the launch of phase two of a SADC Water Sector Coordinating Unit programme. The programme seeks to set up a water resources information system that will provide information on activities on the basin.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) recently made history when three of its members, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe launched one of the world’s biggest game parks, the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP).
The Africa Water Task Force is to embark on a Millennium Development Goals (MDG) road show later this year in Southern Africa to encourage governments and communities seeking to improve water supplies to “make it happen”
The process that led to the formation of the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZamCom) has had major impact on southern Africa’s perspective of transboundary issues. It propelled these issues to the top of the political agenda in SADC.
THE PERMANENT Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) Secretariat is now fully operational in Harare, Zimbabwe.
This follows the appointment of an Executive Secretary who took office in July 2014, and was joined by professional and support staff in January 2015.
CLIMATE EXPERTS from southern Africa have adopted a draft common regional position on the forthcoming climate change negotiations set for Lima, Peru in December.
THE LONG-AWAITED policy organ of the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM), the Council of Ministers, was constituted this year, thus completing all levels of the structure and enabling the full operations of the permanent commission in 2014.
WATER, ENERGY and Food Security are closely interlinked and river basin organisations have an important role in facilitating an integrated approach to water resources management that supports development in the other sectors.
CLIMATE AND human pressure on resources are significantly changing the environment in the Zambezi river basin, as illustrated in a publication to be launched in 2013, the Zambezi River Basin Atlas of the Changing Environment.
The planet is heating up, almost certainly due to the increase in greenhouse gases caused by human activity, and the signs are beginning to show. Debate on climate change and its link to natural disasters has been revived in the wake of recent floods that inundated some parts of the Zambezi river basin following a prolonged drought.
Water Experts have been urged to adopt a different approach in water resources development and management if they are to increase effective stakeholder participation at community level.
Faced with a crippling shortage of electricity, Zambezi basin riparian states are making efforts to increase power generation and distribution, and prevent total darkness.