Assessment of IWRM Institutional development: case of study on basin management in the Kuiseb basin, Namibia

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University of Dar es Salaam
Soon after its independence in 1991, the Namibia government started reviewing its legal frameworks with respect to water resources management and development. The transition encompases the IWRM principles and other recent sustainability concepts. The review resulted in new policies, a new Water Resources Management Act and the government is in the continuous process of putting in place new institution, which would cater for the implementation of these new legal documents. An obvious observation in the current institutional development is the creation institutions at regional and development decisions. One such approach is the management of water resources at basin level, through basin management committees. As the concept is new in its latest form in the Namibia, this study undertook a closer look at the notion with respect to the mandate the BMC holds, human resources and financial arrangements and participation of stakeholders using the kuiseb Basin as case study. Information for the study was gathered mainly through literature studies and personal interviews with stakeholders. The water Resources management Act, which was a bill by the time of establishing KBMC, was cited throughout the interviews and it is regarded to give authority to stakeholders to take part in decision making processes. What has not come out clearly throughout the study is the precise role that stakeholders are to perform as indicated by district opinions within the basin and decisions makers at ministerial level. There is a close relation between the role of BMC and human and financial resources arrangements. Stakeholder participation in the approach has been coming forth positively in the Kuiseb even through there has been few challenges to be overcome. The study concludes that the approach is an appropriate manner to ensure sustainable water resource management but additional efforts are still needed. Some of such efforts are presented as recommendations in this study.
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Water resource development, Water supply, Kuiseb River Region (Namibia), Namibia
Hoveka, V.V (2005) Assessment of IWRM Institutional development: case of study on basin management in the Kuiseb basin, Namibia.Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam.