Support for Governance and Management of Water Resources

Support for systemic and integrated water resources governance

Currently the main institution tasked with IWRM in South Africa is the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). Also involved in this area is the recently established Olifants Catchment Management Agency (OCMA) and in Mozambique, Ara-Sul (the agency responsible for the river basins in southern Mozambique including the Limpopo Basin) and DNA (Direccao Nacional das Aguas) responsible for policy, planning, monitoring, and reporting for water supply and sanitation. Both countries are part of LIMCOM (Limpopo Watercourse Commission).  All these institutions are tasked – together with stakeholders – with developing and implementing strategies for water resources protection which are designed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the basin’s water resources so as to provide the goods and services needed by society into the future.

Achieving water resources protection within Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is not possible without a viable governance system. All AWARD’s work is therefore embedded in our focus on governance. Thus, our work focuses on:

  1. Ensuring that systemic approaches for IWRM and CCA are embedded in key networks (LOROC, OLLI, CMF, Ara-Sul )
  2. Support for enhanced collaboration regarding IWRM between South Africa and Mozambique.