Ministers for water and energy from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have approved a Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Governance Framework, which was developed by SADC aided by The Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWPSA), at a meeting on 30 October.
The WEF-Nexus project aims to support the transformation required to meet increasing water, energy, and food security demand in a context of climate change in the SADC region, through the development of an integrated nexus approach.
“We are indeed on the right track, and if we all commit to this course, we will definitely reap greater benefits in the near future” said Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, SADC Executive Secretary.
Also at the meeting, ministers were updated on the status of the implementation of an ongoing regional water programme and a groundwater management programme. They also considered a report on the impact of COVID-19 on investments in the energy and water sectors in the region, and proposed mitigation measures that could be applied at regional and national level.
In related news, the GWPSA and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have subsequently signed an agreement to promote investment and collaboration for water and sanitation projects in the Southern Africa region.