1. ORASECOM is hiring consultants
  2. 4th SADC Groundwater Conference 10-12 November 2021
  3. Botswana Desalination Plant Project Launched
  4. 39th IAHR World Congress
  5. Water is a matter of life and death – Opinion piece
  6. Webinar: Transboundary Water Management under conditions of Climate and Political Uncertainty: Middle Eastern and South African Perspectives
  7. World Water Week Groundwater Webinar
  8. Interview with Lenka Thamae, Executive Secretary of ORASECOM on the Lesotho-Botswana Water Transfer scheme
  9. Webinar Series: Groundwater – Base Rock of Resilience
  10. Climate Resilient Water Resources Investment Strategy & Plan & Lesotho-Botswana Water Transfer (L-BWT) Project
  11. GIZ
  12. Joint Water Resources Quality Survey (JBS)
  13. FGEF Support
  14. Water Information System (WIS)
  15. Joint Irrigation Authority (JIA)
  16. Water Information System (WIS)
  17. Adequate Rainfall Predicted for SADC October-December Season
  18. Orange-Senqu Basin Wide Groundwater Survey
  19. Fundraising for the Lesotho-Botswana Water Transfer Project
  20. Orange-Senqu River Awareness Kit
  21. International Conference on FRESH WATER GOVERNANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, 5th – 7th November, 2012, Champagne Sports Resort, Central Drakensburg (KwaZulu-Natal), South Africa
  22. 4th Orange-Senqu River Basin Symposium, 6th – 7th June 2012, Campus of the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  23. The African Transboundary River Basin Support Programme came to an end
  24. Towards Transboundary Evironmental Assessment Guidelines for the Orange-Senqu River Basin
  25. ORASECOM initiates work on the Orange-Senqu River Learning Box
  26. The ORASECOM Secretariat takes delivery of a three dimensional map of the basin
  27. ORASECOM publishes its “State of the Orange-Senqu River System” Report
  28. ORASECOM initiates work on the Orange-Senqu River Learning Box
  29. Training on Aquatic Ecosystem Health Monitoring
  30. The Urban Pollution Workshop at Mohale Dam
  31. Phase 2 of an IWRM Plan Development Project came to an end
  32. ORASECOM opens the Secretariat offices
  33. ORASECOM is visited by the Volta Basin Authority
  34. Training on Water Resources Yield Simulation Models
  35. ORASECOM at the 3rd Africa Water Week in Addis Ababa
  36. ORASECOM comes of age at 10!
  37. ORASECOM participates in the 13th International RiverSymposium
  38. ORASECOM works with the Benguela Current Commission
  39. Environmental Flows Requirements Site selection and survey for Caledon, Kraai, South Africa & Lesotho
  40. First Delphi Workshop, June 2010, North West, South Africa
  41. ORASECOM Prepares for the Joint Basin Survey – 1
  42. Workshop on Stakeholder Participation – Maseru, Lesotho
  43. Visit of the Nile Equatorial Subsidiary Action Plan group
  44. Visit to Lesotho Flow Gauging Stations

Orange-Senqu Basin-Wide Integrated Water Resources Management Plan Development

The development of the Orange-Senqu River Basin-Wide Integrated Water Resources Management Plan has been divided into three phases. Phase I was implemented between 2004 and 2007, and focused on collating existing information that then described the water resources of the basin. Topics addressed were:- hydrology and water resource availability; economics and current use of economic tools in water resource management and allocation; demographics, water demand, and water resources development in the basin; water infrastructure in the basin; policy, legal and institutional frameworks related to water resources management in the basin; water quality and pollution; ground water availability and use; and environmental considerations.

Phase II of the IWRM Planning Programme was implemented between 2009 and 2011, and focused on bridging the planning gaps identified in Phase I. The work was divided into six packages as follows:- (i) Assessment and upgrading of the Integrated Orange-Senqu River Basin Model; (ii) Updating and extension of the hydrology; (iii) Assessment of requirements for, and the development of, an Integrated Water Resources Quality Management Plan; (iv) An assessment of the impact of global climate change on the hydro-climatology, water resources, vulnerabilities and adaptation requirements; (v) An assessment of environmental flow requirements; and (vi) An assessment for the potential for water demand management in the irrigation sector.

Phases I and II of the IWRM Planning Programme have been jointly financed by the following international cooperating partners (ICPs) through the German International Cooperation (GIZ):- the German (BMZ), British (UKAID) and the Australian (AusAID) Governments.

In addition a significant number of other studies have been completed or are in process and are going to be building blocks towards the Basin-wide IWRM Plan. These were or are financed by a number of other ICPs including: the European Union (EU), the Global Environment Facility through UNDP (UNDP-GEF) and the French Government (FGEF) together with complementary funding from the Parties.

Strategically, ORASECOM has approached a point where, with some exceptions, sufficient preparatory work has been done to move towards drafting a Basin-wide IWRM Plan. Phase III of the IWRM Plan scheduled for 2012/2013 will consolidate all the work done to date. It will set out the actions necessary to achieve the strategic objectives of ORASECOM. Some of these will be short term and others longer term. The Plan will signify a transition from planning to implementation of the actions that are determined in the Plan.

Resources

Phase II - IWRM Plan Development

Overall Executive Summary_013_2011.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Capacity_Building_and_Process_of_Continuous_Review-WP-WP6-012-2011fd2.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Configuring model and determination of Catchment Yields-WP-WP1-001-2011.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Strengths and Weaknesses of Exisiting Models-WP-WP1-005-2010.pdfExtension of Hydrological records-Report-Text-WP2-Report-006-2011_MainReport_v2.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Improvements to gauging Network and review of Existing Data Acquistion Systems-WP-WP2-005-2011.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Development of WQ Monitoring Programme and Data Management Framework-Rep-WP3-007-2011.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Development of Specifications for Water Quality Model-Report-WP3-006-2010-fd.pdf    [ PDF File ]

GCC Downscaling for the Orange-Senqu River Basin-Report-WP4-008-2011.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Projection of Impacts and Guidelines on CC Adaptation Startegies-WP-WP4-009-2011.pdf    [ PDF File ]

GCC Downscaling Methodology-WP4-Report-007-2011.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Delineation of Management Resource Units-WP5_009_2010.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Desktop Ecoclassification Assessment-WP5_016_2010.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Environmental Flow Requirements-Volume 1 Main Report-WP5_010_2011.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Environmental Flow Requirements-Volume 2-WP5_010_2011.pdf    [ PDF File ]

WP5 EFR_Environmental Flow Requirements_Volume3-Appendices.zip    [ PDF File ]

Goods and Services Report-WP5_010_2010.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Literature Survey and Gap Analysis-WP5_008_2010.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Promotion of WC-WDM in Irrigation Sector-Report-WP6-011-2011.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Irrigation_GIS_Database,_Database_and_Scenario_Generation_Tool-Report-WP6-012-2011.pdf    [ PDF File ]

Irrigation GIS Database, Database and Scenario Generation Tool-WEB.docx    [ PDF File ]