Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Zambezi River Basin conference

The Botswana Daily News reports on a stakeholders conference for the Zambezi River Basin held in Gaborone this week to identify and discuss Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and other related issues in the Zambezi River basin. Issues discussed included the shortage of water in the villages along the Chobe River.

The SADC sponsored Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) agreement, signed at Kasane, Botswana in 2004 by the eight countries that share its water, created a body to promote the equitable and reasonable use, efficient management and sustainable development of the water resources of the Zambezi. Officials from the the riparian countries and international agency stakeholders Southern African Development Community (SADC), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the World Bank met in Zimbabwe in July 2005 to discuss the operationalisation of the Commission.

In HOORC's library you can find "Hydropolitics and the quest of the Zambezi River Basin Organization" by Munyaradzi Chenje in the book International Waters in Southern Africa.

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