Assessment of population and climate effects on the scarce water resources of the limpopo basin, Botswana

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University of Dar es Salaam
vopo Basin of Botswana, in a semi-arid region supports mi-arid region supports more than 60% of elation of Botswana and all administrative bodies hence initiative bodies hence its vulnerability in sustainable water resources. Ever growing water demand growing water demands and their skewed hical distribution in the basin exert immense pressure well immense pressure on the scarce water of the basin. In this study, an assessment on the status assessment on the status of water resources in the Limpopo Basin of Botswana was performed. Thana was performed. This was done by a I mixture of social research and statistical methods to re statistical methods to reveal the alarming 1 the water resources of the basin. An application of the 1 An application of the Mann-Kendall and open estimator were used to assess the trends in hydroceles significant (a=0.05) trends towards declining rainfall amou acted stations in the basin while evaporation showed a the annual values. A climate moisture index (CMI) assess very low CMI values (-0.5 to -1) approaching extreme an n showed declining groundwater level trends except The institutional setup for the water sector is heavily cent end and a majority of water users are still suffering from e' making participatory water resources management a hu iiovernment is not setting a good example through its to solutions to water supply problems. There is a need for not just on paper but also evident on the ground to hell of stakeholders in the Limpopo Basin of Botswana with c:al and administrative levels as they have the mandate to do the trends in hydro climatic data for the declining rainfall amounts were observed adoration showed a trend of a slowly but index (CMI) assessment of the basin approaching extreme aridity. Wel'fields in r level trends except the Molepolole er sector is heavily centralized around the are still suffering from the 'dependency races management a huge challenge. The example through its tendency to favours. There is a need for an IWRM driven t on the ground to help in changing the basin of Botswana with more emphasis at have the mandate to drive the reforms.
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population, climate, scarce water resources, water, Botswana
Masaka, T.L.(2008) Assessment of population and climate effects on the scarce water resources of the limpopo basin, Botswana, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam.