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Water Resources: Government Information: Library Guide: Southern Africa

This guide directs you to government sources on water resources from international to local level.

Intergovernmental organisations

SADC Water Division

"Due to its extensive influence over the region’s people and its economic development, SADC has designated a specific regulatory body, the SADC Water Division, to oversee policies on water resources and sanitation infrastructure in the region and ensure their timely implementation."

SADC Water Information Sharing Hub (SWSH)

"The SADC Water Information Sharing Hub (SWSH) aims to support and facilitate the sharing of information in the SADC Water Sector – in this project information is defined as documents, news items, calendars and glossaries. The project is in support of the objectives of the SADC Protocol on Shared Watercourses that was revised in 2000 and the Regional Strategic Action Plan on Integrated Water Resources Management, which is SADC Water Division’s blue print of operation."

SADC Water Sector ICP Collaboration Portal

"The SADC Water Sector, with the assistance of Germany through GIZ, has set in motion a confluence of information flow, to support the coordination of present and future joint water projects and initiatives and efforts to create streamlined, transparent communication and cooperation between SADC member states and their 'International Cooperating Partners' (ICPs)."

SADC and EAC Capacity Building Programme on Sustainable Major Water Infrastructure

"WaterNet is coordinating the rollout of the SADC and EAC Capacity Building Programme on Sustainable major Water Infrastructure on behalf of the SADC Water division and the EAC. The main objective of the programme is to enhance the capacity of government officials who must manage and guide sector policy, strategy and operations on development of large water infrastructure for the EAC and SADC regions and to empower them in the development of bankable large water infrastructure project proposals."

SADC Hydrological Cycle Observing System (SADC-HYCOS)

"regional component of the World Meteorological Organisation(WMO) programme aimed at contributing to regional social-economic development through the provision of management tools necessary for sustainable and cost effective water resources development, management and environmental protection."

NEPAD Southern African Water Centres of Excellence

"The Southern Africa Network for Water (Water CoE) is one of the African regional networks as decided at the “Consultative Workshop on Establishing the Southern Africa Network of Centres of Excellence in Water Science and Technology” held in Johannesburg in April 2009."

Groundwater

Braune, E.    Groundwater governance :   a global framework for action (2011-2014) : regional diagnosis for the Sub-Saharan Africa region : report to the Water Research Commission /    Gezina (South Africa) :   Water Research Commission,   2013.   G 68 JWRC TT 578/13

SADC Groundwater Management Institute – the SADC-GMI  "The Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) received funding from the World Bank to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Programme in the SADC member states. The primary objective of the programme is to set up the SADC Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) to lead the implementation of the programme."

Infrastructure

Southern African Development Community (201-?). Regional Water Infrastructure Programme.

G 68 SADC.WATE.11.CAPA
   Capacity Building Programme for Sustainable Major Water Infrastructure Development / Southern African Development Community, African Ministers' Council on Water [and] EAC --    Gaborone, Botswana : SADC Secretariat , [2011]
   4 pages : illustrations are in colour ; 21 cm

Policies and strategies

SADC. Regional strategic action plan on integrated water resources development and management, Phase IV : RSAP IV (2016-2020). Gaborone : Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat, 2016.

South African Development Community. Regional infrastructure development master plan. Water sector plan (2012)

Southern African Development Community. Regional water policy (2005)

Southern African Development Community. Regional strategic action plan on integrated water resources development and management: annotated strategic plan, 2005-2010

Southern African Development Community. Regional water strategy (2006)

Southern African Development Community. Regional awareness and communication strategy for the SADC water sector (2008)

Southern African vision for water, life and the environment in the 21st century (2009)

G 68 SADC.WATE.10.REGI
   Regional awareness and communication strategy for the SADC water sector. --    Gaborone : Southern African Development Community, 2010.
   63 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.

Southern African Development Community. Climate change adaptation in SADC: a strategy for the water sector (2011)

G 68 SADC.WATE.11.REGI   Southern African Development Community.    Regional strategic action plan on integrated water resources development and management, 2011-2015 :   RSAP III /    Gaborone, Botswana :   [SADC],   [2011]

 

G 68 SADC.WATE.00.STRA
SADC Water Resources Sector. Coordination Unit.
   Strategy for floods and droughts management in the SADC region / developed by the SADC Water Sector Coordinating Unit. --    [Maseru, Lesotho?] : SADC Water Sector Coordinating Unit, [2001?]
   20 leaves ; 30 cm.

 

River Basins

SADC Water Division River Basin Organisations

Lists and links to the regional river basin organisations.

Lake Tanganyika Authority

"The process of establishing a cooperative and collaborative approach to the sustainable development and management of the natural resources of Lake Tanganyika and its Basin by the four Lake Tanganyika riparian countries of Burundi, D.R. Congo, Tanzania and Zambia started in the early 1990s. The four countries working in collaboration with supporting partners have now established the Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA) responsible for overseeing the implementation of a regional integrated management programme based on the provisions of the Convention on Sustainable Management of Lake Tanganyika which was signed on 12th June, 2003 by the four Lake Tanganyika riparian governments in Dar Es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania. The Convention provided the framework for the establishment of the LTA."

Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC)

"Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) is a specialized institution of the East African Community (EAC) that is responsible for coordinating the sustainable development agenda of the Lake Victoria Basin."

Limpopo Watercourse Commission (LIMCOM)

The Limpopo River Basin is shared by four SADC Member States, i.e. Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. "The commitment of the riparian states managing their water resources together dates back to 1986, when the “Limpopo Basin Permanent Technical Committee” was jointly established. In 2003 this cooperation was fostered through the multilateral agreement to establish the Limpopo Watercourse Commission (LIMCOM)."

"The Limpopo River Awareness Kit (RAK) is an information and knowledge management tool for the Limpopo River basin,"

Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM)

"The Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) promotes the equitable and sustainable development of the resources of the Orange-Senqu River. ORASECOM provides a forum for consultation and coordination between the riparian states to promote integrated water resources management and development within the basin." The signatory states are Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa.

"The Orange-Senqu River Awareness Kit introduces users to the fundamentals of geography, socio-economics, water governance and water management in the Orange-Senqu River basin."

Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM)

Established by the OKACOM Agreement of 1994 between Angola, Botswana and Namibia. The Agreement "commits the member states to promote coordinated and environmentally sustainable regional water resources development, while addressing the legitimate social and economic needs of each of the riparian states."

General

G 68 SADC.WATE.11.STOR   The story of water :   reporting from the Southern African water wire /    Johannesburg, South Africa :   Inter Press Service Africa,   2011.

Integrated water resources management

Orange-Senqu River Basin-Wide Integrated Water Resources Management Plan Development

The Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) promotes the equitable and sustainable development of the resources of the Orange-Senqu River. "formalized by the Governments of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa through the signing of the ‘Agreement for the Establishment of the Orange-Senqu Commission’ on November 3rd, 2000 in Windhoek, Namibia."

SADC Regional Water Sector Programme (2005?). Guidelines for local-level integrated water resource management. International Water Management Institute.

The Water Page. Assessment of integrated water resource management activities in the southern African region: a preliminary inventory

Legislation

G 68 SADC.WATE.00.REVI
Southern African Development Community.
[Treaty of the Southern African Development Community,1998 Sept. 29.Protocols, etc.,]
   Revised Protocol on Shared Water Courses / Southern African Development Community. --    [Gaborone, Botswana] : SADC, [2000?].
   31 p. ; 21 cm.

Water and climate change

G 494 E.IUCN.03.CLIM
   Climate change, water, and wetlands in southern Africa : a discussion paper for a regional dialogue. --    Harare, Zimbabwe : IUCN Regional Office for Southern Africa, 2003.
   xvi, 47 p. : ill., maps ; 30 cm.
 
G 494 E.IUCN.03.REPO
Regional Dialogue on Climate Change, Water, and Wetlands in Southern Africa (2002 : Johannesburg, South Africa)
   Report on a Regional Dialogue on Climate Change, Water, and Wetlands in Southern Africa : held at the Randburg Towers Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa, 6-7 November, 2002 / [sponsored by IUCN Water and Nature Initiative]. --    Harare, Zimbabwe : IUCN Regional Office for Southern Africa, 2003.
   vi, 18 p. ; 30 cm.
 
G 68 SADC.WATE.11.CLIM
   Climate change adaptation in SADC : a strategy for the water sector. --    Gaborone, Botswana : [Southern African Development Community, 2011]
   iii, 35 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm.
 
G 68 JWRC 1430/1/05
GZCD 68 JWRC 1430/1/05
   Climate change and water resources in southern Africa : studies on scenarios, impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation / R.E. Schulze (Editor). --    [Gezina, South Africa : Water Research Commission , 2005?].
   liv p. ; 30 cm. + 1 computer optical disk (4 3/4 in.) ( WRC report ; no. 1430/1/05 )