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AFRICA REGIONAL STORIES

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The Water, Climate, and Development Programme (WACDEP) activities in the Lake Cyohoha catchment ended in 2016 and GWP Eastern Africa facilitated a smooth transition of activities to local authorities through the signing of a memorandum of understanding. “The WACDEP programme has been instrumental in demonstrating best practices in protecting Cyohoha buffer zone, all in line with the Rwandan government policy,” said Vincent de Paul Kabalisa, Director of IWRM-Wetlands, Rwanda Natural Resources Authority. “The nature of the project and its transboundary dimension calls for continuous exchange and interaction between Rwanda and Burundi teams for the harmonisation of views and policies.” The knowledge acquired during these activities has been captured in Case Study No. 484 of the IWRM ToolBox.

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SOUTHERN AFRICA Developing a disaster risk reduction plan for the Limpopo basin nce Outcom e

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GWP Southern Africa is working with the Limpopo Basin Commission (LIMCOM) in a project supported by the United States Agency for International Development. Among other things, the project has developed a disaster risk reduction plan. This will require cooperation among the four riparian countries (Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe). GWP played an important role in the development of the plan by seeking input from all relevant stakeholders and conducting capacity-building activities to improve understanding among the implementing institutions. This will ensure the project outcomes are sustainable beyond the life of the project. As an addon, GWP is also leading the facilitation of the development of the next phase of a LIMCOM basin water management plan.

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Stakeholders from the four riparian countries met in Johannesburg in June to work on a document that aims to provide evidence-based analysis on changes in the Limpopo River Basin, including their drivers and outcomes, so as to motivate policy action. The document, entitled Limpopo River Basin: Atlas of Our Changing Environment, is a synthesis of technical reports put into understandable language that can be used by planners. GWP Southern Africa supported its development by facilitating this and other consultation workshops.

Integrated sanitation master plan for the Seychelles

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Treating wastewater is a significant challenge for the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands located in the western Indian Ocean. The Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) of the Seychelles has secured funding from the African Water Facility to develop an Integrated and Comprehensive Sanitation Master Plan (ICSMP). PUC has requested technical support from GWP Southern Africa for the preparation of the plan. GWP Southern Africa sits on the ICSMP Steering Committee, which makes decisions on the outputs coming out of the process. Following field visits to the main islands, the team of GWP experts and local stakeholders prepared an analysis report for submission to PUC. This will be followed up with an action plan specifying the requirements for technical assistance and budgetary support. The final validation meeting for the Master Plan is expected to be held in May 2017.

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