Engaging with stakeholders to create a vision for water management in the Limpopo River Basin

Engaging with stakeholders to create a vision for water management in the Limpopo River Basin

In November 2018, CRIDF worked with the Technical Task Team of the Limpopo Watercourse Commission (LIMCOM) to hold consultation workshops in the Limpopo River Basin. The LIMCOM workshops took place in the four countries covered by the Basin – Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The aim was to inform a regional vision for managing water resources in the Basin, which is home to more than 17 million people.

LIMCOM was established in 2011 to ensure a basin-wide approach to water management that benefits all inhabitants of the Limpopo River Basin and is resilient to the future impacts of climate change. Stakeholder engagement is therefore key to the success of LIMCOM’s work. CRIDF, which has proven expertise in working with stakeholders to build climate resilience, supported LIMCOM by facilitating visioning exercises at each of the four workshops.

Those who took part in the national visioning workshops included: representatives of national government departments for sanitation, irrigation and agriculture; local governments; farmer organisations; universities; national park authorities; catchment management agencies; the mining industry; and utility companies.

CRIDF team members and the LIMCOM Secretariat facilitated group exercises in the four member states. At each workshop, participants identified the benefits of cross- border cooperation, discussed the potential impacts of specific developments nationally and on other countries in the Limpopo Basin, and established a vision that encapsulated their own aspirations.

Following on from the national workshops, the next stage will be a regional workshop to develop a shared vision for the whole Limpopo River Basin. LIMCOM will invite key stakeholders from the national workshops to attend and contribute to this event.