Managing for Change - Practical Integrated Water Resource Management and Climate Solutions for the Limpopo River Basin
Petrie, B. and Chapman, A.
This study explains how integrated water resource management can help the Limpopo River Basin adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Water in this region of Africa is scarce, and becoming more so, due to a combination of declining rainfall, more frequent and intense extreme weather events and rising temperatures. Degraded land is further impacted by droughts and is often unable to absorb subsequent floods.
Integrated water resource management (IWRM) can be used to address these challenges. It blends climate change adaptation and water resource management techniques.
This study suggests that the Limpopo River Basin’s plan can be strengthened by focusing more on immediate challenges on the ground and precise interventions. Projects should still draw on IWRM principles such as integrated decision-making and respect for resource benefit sharing.
A ‘no-’ or ‘low regret’ strategy for building resilience in the region, for example, includes conserving high altitude catchments - to secure critical water flows for all - and restoring degraded land and areas of biodiversity.
The document includes a case study on a waste discharge charge system in South Africa.
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