Orange-Senqu IWRM

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Orange-Senqu IWRM2018-08-19T07:04:08+00:00

Project Description

The riparian countries of the Orange-Senqu River Basin have recognised the risk that water security will place upon regional economic growth and development. Water resources within this basin are a key driver of the collective economic growth of these riparian countries. Developing a basin-wide Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) Plan was crucial to enable a common understanding of the resource and its status as a driver of economic growth, and by its transboundary nature requiring joint management and sustainable development. The study was commissioned by the Secretariat of the Orange-Senqu River Basin Commission (ORASECOM) with the support of GIZ to develop a basin wide IWRM plan that would underpin this development.

Together with BRL Ingenerie, we developed the IWRM plan through a series of studies and supporting engagements with stakeholders, both in country and at regional basin-wide sessions that ensured joint decision-making and ownership of the IWRM Plan itself. As co-lead, we assisted in the structuring of the plan and its strategic intent. We also undertook a water in the economy and water footprint analysis as a foundational assessment to inform how water underpins the basin/regional economy. A key part of our role was facilitating stakeholder engagement from all basin states to ensure the development of a IWRM Plan that was robust, rich in diversity and detail, and focused towards advancing pragmatic actions in the basin. ORASECOM is now undertaking a series of interventions towards the implementation of prioritised actions in the IWRM Plan.

LOCATION

South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia

PARTNERS

BRL Ingenerie, WRP

CLIENT

ORASECOM support by GIZ

SECTOR

Water