Zambia is a landlocked Central Southern African country which is increasingly urbanised, although much of the country remains underdeveloped and unspoiled. Zambia is one of Africa’s most water-rich nations. However, it also ranks as one of the countries most exposed to climate-driven disruption on the continent. Significant dry spells in 2017, 2018 and 2019 have resulted in low water levels in Lake Kariba, dried up wells and disrupted livelihoods. Recent years have also brought increased flooding, affecting communities in Zambia’s Northern and Eastern regions. Poor governance and unchecked development, especially in urban centres, result in an increasingly poor management of Zambia’s natural resources.
NatuReS Zambia is currently working in two areas: the Chambeshi Catchment, located in the Northern part of Zambia, and the capital Lusaka city, located in the central Southern part of the country.
Location: Chambeshi Catchment in the North of Zambia
Aim: The Chambeshi Water Security Partnership (CWSP) was created in 2017 to ensure continued sound water management in the region while agricultural activities are intensifying. The partnership aims to govern, protect and develop the water resources in the Chambeshi Catchment in a participatory manner, contributing to water security for sustainable social and economic development.
Three main activity areas:
1.) Strengthening multi stakeholder partnerships to improve water security
2.) Supporting water users to implement “no regret” voluntary measures to improve water security in a participatory manner
3.) and spreading good practice in water stewardship
NatuReS working areas: Catchments
Public Sector: Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Ministry of Land and Natural Resources – Forestry Department, Kasama Municipal Council, Chambeshi Water Supply and Sewerage Company
Civil Society: World Vision Zambia, Netherlands Development Cooperation, WWF
Private Sector: Olam
Location: Lusaka City
Aim: Strengthen multi-stakeholder collaboration to safeguard Lusaka‘s water resources while enhancing the sustainable and timely access to water and sanitation for all
NatuReS working areas: Cities, Economic Zones, Circular Economies
Partners: 33 public sector, private sector, civil society and international partners (all LuWSI partners)
Activities under LuWSI
Lusaka West Water Supply Project (LWWSP)
Green Cities Adaptation Programme
Wellfield Protection Project (WFPP)
Solid Waste and Sanitation Management Project
Green Schools Partnership Programme (GSPP)
The project encourages companies to align their production processes to good water stewardship practices in order to protect resources. Current activity is the Annual Corporate Water Stewardship Award.
“LuWSI has been working with the GIZ NatuReS program on various water projects and programmes. We have received support in terms of capacity development, technical support and process management. Our working relationship has resulted in improved partner management, engagement and learning of new approaches to our water security partnership and coordination. We have worked on the development of a Water Security Action and Investment planning process as well as capacity building for early carrer water professionals and decision makers from the community, and the private and public sector.”
Ms Brenda Mwalukanga – former LuWSI Coordinator
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