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Water Governance in the Limpopo Basin  

A River Basin Organisation is at the core of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). Effective water governance relies on commitment to international agreements and appropriate national laws and institutions that require water to be managed in accordance with the principles of integrated water resource management

The Water Governance in the Limpopo Basin section presents the History of cooperation within the Limpopo River basin, the contents of the LIMCOM Agreement, and the Objectives and Structure of LIMCOM. The National Laws of Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe are presented, as well as the institutional responsibilities, policies related to disaster management and transboundary water management and some of the challenges each country is facing.

Chapter Summary

This chapter covers the following concepts and material:

  • The history of cooperation within the basin, the Agreement on the Establishment of the Limpopo Watercourse Commission (LIMCOM) and the objectives and structure of the commission.
  • The legislative and policy framework of each of the Limpopo River basin countries, as well as the institutional responsibilities and policies related to disaster management and transboundary water management.
  • Bilateral agreements between the four riparian nations.
Blyde River Canyon, South Africa.
Source: Salvatori 2008
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