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Development and Adoption of a Strategic Action Program for Balancing Water Uses and Sustainable Natural Resource Management in the Orange-Senqu River Transboundary Basin

"The overall goal of the Project is to improve the management of the Orange Basin’s trans-boundary water resources through Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) approaches that remediate threats and root causes. The Project will develop mechanisms to ensure the cooperative and sustainable use of the land and water resources of the Orange River Basin; develop regionally based and agreed upon short, medium, and long term management objectives and strategies for the river basin; build capacity for adaptive management approaches to river basin management; develop and implement measures to sustain and enhance overall environmental health within the basin; create a comprehensive stakeholder involvement program; and strengthen regionally based institutions, particularly the Orange-Senqu River Basin Commission (ORASECOM;, to ensure the long term sustainability of interventions. The Project will create synergies with and build upon a range of initiatives being undertaken in the Basin by the four countries and those of donor bodies. The focus of GEF involvement will be on addressing transboundary water management issues, as identified in priority sequence through a transboundary diagnostic analysis (TDA) process, and addressed in a Strategic Action Program (SAP). GEF funding will be drawn upon for preparation of the comprehensive TDA and SAP, and the implementation of select interventions identified in the SAP as regional priorities."

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General information
GEF ID 2701
Project type Full-Size Project
Status closed (Project Completion)
Start Date 09 Oct 2009
End Date 30 May 2013
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project USD 6,300,000
Total Cost of the project: USD 36,461,500
YES - See results data (2701)
Botswana , Lesotho , Namibia , South Africa , Regional

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project contacts
Peter Van Niekerk Consultant
Lenka Thamae Executive Secretary
Constance Masalila-Dodo Scientific Officer
Christoph Mor Senior Project manager
Rapule Jacob Pule Water Resource Specialist
Ms. Akiko Yamamoto Regional Technical Adviser