Sharing knowledge and know-how between river basins

07 March 2011 | News story

IUCN, in partnership with the Volta Basin Authority (VBA) and the GEF-Volta Project, visited the Orange-Senqu Commission to undertake a study and discuss areas of collaboration between the two basins.

The Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) promotes the equitable and sustainable development of the Orange-Senqu River. This basin extends over 4 countries, including Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and South Africa, covering an area of 1million km².

The visit between the Volta Basin experts and ORASECOM took place in Centurion, in the Gauteng Province of South Africa early February.

The main aim of the exchange was to learn and share knowledge on basin management, and in particular to discuss developments for a platform of future collaboration between the two basin organizations.

Various aspects on river basin management were addressed, with environmental issues and solutions high on the agenda. The process of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the Orange-Senqu River basin was analysed, as well as the commission’s mechanisms for coordination between the different countries of the Orange-Senqu basin.

Other important elements of the visit consisted in exploring the data-sharing systems and discussions with local actors on good practice and governance.

Further identification of opportunities for collaboration between the VBA and ORASECOM are being explored and the formulation and signing of a cooperation agreement between the two basin bodies are under consideration.

For more information, please contact Alice Onadja: alice.onadja@iucn.org