BRIEF

CIWA in the Volta Basin

April 30, 2014

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Basin countries: Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

With five of its six riparians amongst the poorest in the world, the Volta River Basin is faced with the challenge of balancing conservation of its natural resources with opportunities for development. Coordinated efforts among riparians to improve water resources management, restore favorable social and environmental conditions through improved land and water resource practices, and increase incomes through greater agricultural productivity and other related water resources-based activities can lead to multifold shared benefits.

Projects

Volta River Basin Institutional Development and Strategic Action Program Implementation – This project supports the Volta Basin Authority (VBA) to enhance and strengthen the river basin organization’s institutional capacity through, for example, the drafting of a Water Charter. It is also implementing on-the-ground investments in agriculture, reforestation, riverbank protection, and community livelihood improvement.