Good morning and thank you on behalf of the United States government and other international development partners for the opportunity to participate in today’s event.
It is easily seen from the amazing turnout here today that Tuberculosis control remains a priority for us all.
The vast Limpopo River rises in South Africa and flows eastward as it makes its way toward the Indian Ocean. Its course marks South Africa's border with Botswana and Zimbabwe before it turns south, flowing into the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. An impressive 18 million people live alongside the river, depending on it for farming, fishing, tourism and other means of income. The Limpopo's vast watershed includes Johannesburg (southern Africa's largest city), Kruger Park (one of the region's largest tourist attractions), two national capitals, and important industrial and agricultural sites.
USAID promotes sustainable economic growth in targeted areas by integrating climate change into policy and decision making, and ensuring sound management of transboundary natural resources. We support the Global Climate Change Initiative and Congressional Biodiversity and Water goals.
Through our environmental programs, we enhance resiliency of critical river basins, improve capacity to cope with climate change, advance environmental innovation and support low emissions development.
The U.S. government commemorated the completion of a new regulatory training curriculum with a formal hand-over ceremony with its energy sector partner, the Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa (RERA). The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) hosted the hand-over ceremony.
Strengthening the overall resiliency of the Limpopo River Basin ecosystems, and the people dependent upon them, is necessary for sustainable development in the region. There is a need to bolster participatory processes built on sound science that effectively incorporates ecological, social and economic aspects of water resource management in the face of climatic change.
Last updated: February 22, 2017