OKACOM holds community consultations on the future of the Okavango Delta

OKACOM holds community consultations on the future of the Okavango Delta

The world’s largest inland delta, the Cubango-Okavango river basin is recognised as a site of global ecological importance. But a growing population, poor infrastructural development and climate change are threatening the ecological integrity of this near-pristine Ramsar wetland and World Heritage Site. The Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) provides technical advice to the…

Tapping the potential of Southern Africa’s aquifers

Tapping the potential of Southern Africa’s aquifers

Southern Africa has been slow to utilise its ample groundwater resources. Despite offering a more reliable alternative to increasingly erratic rainfall and over-exploited rivers and lakes, for example, groundwater accounts for only one per cent of the water used in the region’s irrigation systems. This represents a lost opportunity. A sustainable groundwater strategy that closely…

Proposed water infrastructure facility consolidates the work of CRIDF

Proposed water infrastructure facility consolidates the work of CRIDF

A new water infrastructure facility to consolidate the gains of CRIDF after the UK aid-supported programme has ended was recently discussed at a meeting in Johannesburg. The facility will target climate resilient infrastructure projects and align its priorities with funds already operating within Southern Africa. The Water Resources Technical Committee (WRTC) Working Group meeting provided…

Promoting investment opportunities in Southern Africa

Promoting investment opportunities in Southern Africa

CRIDF has produced a new series of ‘project pitches’ to help viable water projects capture funds and become fully operational. Targeting government and the private sector, these detailed briefings outline expected benefits, technical considerations and address relevant institutional, legal and environmental issues to guide investment decisions. The pitches are produced by CRIDF’s technical programme which…

Delivering inclusive, gender-sensitive water infrastructure

Delivering inclusive, gender-sensitive water infrastructure

On International Women’s Day we reflect on CRIDF’s approach to gender equality and our efforts to address gender and social inclusion through water infrastructure projects. The approach is delivering results across Southern Africa – not only for women and girls but for entire communities and the wider water sector. The campaign theme for this year’s…