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

Namibia prepares for combating Prosopis

Three of the four ORASECOM member states Botswana, Namibia and South Africa are battling and fighting an alien invasive species by the name of Prosopis.

This dreaded alien invasive species, Prosopis, are not native to Botswana, Namibia or South Africa, having been introduced to this region particularly to fight against desertification, to increase tree cover and improve general rangeland and stabilising sand dunes.

Research findings indicate that the Prosopis plants’ spread and invasion has brought about both positive and negative effects that are impacting on communities’ social, economic and ecological development.


Namibia prepares for combating Prosopis


Furthermore, it has been noted that encroachment of rangelands by the invasive Prosopis has resulted in the reduction of crop yield, genetic erosion of biodiversity, disruption of water flow, formation of impenetrable thickets and other negative effects across a wide range of agro-ecologies.

Meanwhile ORASECOM’s UNDP – GEF Strategic Action Programme (SAP) project is working with the Republic of Namibia through two government ministries, i.e. Ministry of Environment Forestry and Tourism and Ministry of Agriculture Water and Land Reform on a demonstration project aimed at clearing and control of Prosopis.

It is envisaged that the project will clear Proposis and rehabilitate 6000hectares of degraded land, mostly in the southern part of Namibia.

As part of preparing for this mammoth task ORASECOM’s UNDP-GEP SAP implementation project organised a benchmarking exercise to South Africa’s Working for Water project which has been fighting and controlling Prosopis for over 25 years.

It is also anticipated that Working for Water will work closely with Namibia’s Project Steering Committee such that they proffer guidance and expertise as they have been relatively successful in combating this dreaded plant.



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