USAID Project Will Address Scarcity, Improve Management In Limpopo And Okavango Basin Communities

27 Jul 2018 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
HARARE, Zimbabwe

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a five-year, $32.4 Million project to address water challenges facing Limpopo River Basin and Okavango River Basin communities.  

The "Resilient Waters" program will increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation services for nearly 21 million people spanning South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, and Namibia, the agency said July 25. The project is also designed to improve management of transboundary natural resources and strengthen ecological infrastructure needed to maintain healthy water systems.

USAID Zimbabwe Mission Director Stephanie Funk stated: “By conserving one of Zimbabwe’s most important natural resources, USAID’s Resilient Waters project will protect health and livelihoods and make communities more resilient in the face of climate change.”

In Zimbabwe, the Limpopo River and its tributaries carry water to more than 800,000 people who depend on its consistent supply for their health and livelihoods. The river runs through a semi-arid region that is particularly vulnerable to climatic events, including the devastating 2015-2017 El Niño-induced drought. Resilient Waters will work with local communities to improve water management and increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation services along the Limpopo River Basin and within its catchment areas such as Matobo Hills, USAID said.