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CIWA in the Zambezi Basin

April 30, 2014


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

Reflecting the dual nature of the regional economy in the Zambezi River Basins, new investments in large infrastructure co-exist alongside a parallel subsistence economy that is reliant upon environmental services provided by the river. The challenge in the basin is to promote cooperative development and management of international waters in a way that drives sustainable economic growth and improves the livelihoods of the populations that critically depend on the sustainable use and management of shared waters.


  • Zambezi River Basin Management Project – This project aims to strengthen Zambezi Water Commission’s (ZAMCOM) role in promoting cooperative management and development within the Zambezi River Basin.
  • Zambezi River Basin Development Project – CIWA funds the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) to advance preparation of the Botoka Gorge Hydro-Electric Scheme and strengthen cooperative development of the Zambezi River Basin. The project includes several activities intended to improve the quality of the Batoka Gorge HES investment by ensuring that appropriate environmental and social considerations are in place and to facilitate mobilization of the required resources to address the prevailing power supply shortages within the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).