Cooperation in transboundary water resource management is often confined to a single topic, such as electricity generation, fisheries, water quality or quantity with insufficient attention to tradeoffs and impacts for other resource users. There is a need to apply a more holistic approach to addressing broader environmental challenges, including pollution, soil erosion, deforestation, and ecosystem degradation, to ensure sustainable, healthy water catchments.
USAID/Southern Africa is working towards a goal of a more integrated region for an improved quality of life for Southern Africans. As a comparative advantage of a regional mission, USAID/Southern Africa is able to provide regional analysis of and a regional approach to development challenges.
The Olifants and its contributing waterways are critical for supporting life in the Limpopo River Basin. Yet unchecked pollution, inappropriate land and resource use, weak and poorly enforced policies and regulations, and poor protection of habitats and biodiversity are degrading the Olifants at an alarming rate. Improved water security, wise resource management, and healthy ecosystems are necessary to continue to support livelihoods and resilient economic development.
Last updated: August 12, 2013