The water resources of the SADC region play a vital and important role in the maintenance of the rich diversity of the Region’s natural ecosystems and for the sustainable economic and social development of the Region. Over 90% of the renewable water resources in mainland SADC are shared between two or more Member States. It is therefore important to develop, manage, protect and utilize the shared water resources in a sustainable manner; hence the need for the development of an instrument that fosters cooperation in shared watercourses in the region. It was against that background that the SADC Protocol on Shared Watercourse Systems was developed and adopted in 1996. Due to international developments such as the development of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses, the Protocol was revised.
The programme works closely together with the Cuvelai Watercourse Commission (CUVECOM) and will be supporting the development of their institutional website and River Awareness Kit (RAK). While a considerable amount of documentation and technical information is available for the Cuvelai River Basin, it is not all readily accessible or available in relevant languages. The main goal of the RAK is to improve transboundary knowledge management and raise awareness amongst the local population..
- Closing Date: 18 June 2018
- Contract duration: July 2018 to July 2019
- Contact person: Dimpho Keitseng