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LIMCOM Ordinary Meeting to Advance Transboundary Cooperation in the Limpopo Basin

Summary

Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE – The 13th LIMCOM Ordinary Meeting scheduled for 21 July 2023 in Gaborone, Botswana, will discuss a wide range of issues including how to deepen and promote transboundary cooperation in the Limpopo River Basin (LRB).

Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE – The 13th LIMCOM Ordinary Meeting scheduled for 21 July 2023 in Gaborone, Botswana, will discuss a wide range of issues including how to deepen and promote transboundary cooperation in the Limpopo River Basin (LRB).

The LRB — shared by four Member States namely Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe — supports a diverse range of socio-economic activities in the four countries including agro-industry, large-scale irrigation, mining and eco-tourism, hence transboundary cooperation is key for sustainable development of the Basin.

One of the key issues for deliberation is improving the Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System (FFEWS) to ensure that the Basin, which has a population of over 18 million people can prepare effectively for floods and mitigate their impact. The LRB like the rest of the southern African region has been experiencing an increased frequency and severity of floods and droughts in recent years due to climate change variability. Flood risk mitigation strategies are thus a priority for the LRB.

On groundwater management, the meeting will consider progress on the development of a Groundwater Strategy for the Limpopo Basin. The Groundwater Strategy for the LRB aims to promote joint groundwater resources development and management, as well as harmonize current and planned groundwater initiatives with national plans of the LRB Member States.

Another major issue for the meeting is the launch of the project “Integrated Transboundary River Basin Management for the Sustainable Development of the Limpopo River Basin.” The project being supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa, and the Global Water Partnership-Southern Africa (GWPSA) through the Global Environment Facility International Waters program (GEF-IW), aims to achieve integrated, cross-sectoral, ecosystem-based management of the LRB to uplift the living standards of the basin’s population and conserve the basin’s resources and ecosystem services.

The 13th LIMCOM Ordinary Meeting will appreciate developments on collaboration with various other transboundary institutions that operate in the Basin such as the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

The meeting will also review progress on several interventions and programmes being implemented in the Limpopo to improve the livelihood of communities living in the Basin, as well as discuss other matters of common interest to the Limpopo Member States.

The Limpopo River Basin
The LRB is one of the major River Basins in southern Africa, and it is shared by four countries namely Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The catchment area of the LRB is estimated at 408,000 km² and the basin has a population of over 18 million people. The river flows north from South Africa, where it creates the border between South Africa and Botswana and then the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe, before crossing into Mozambique and draining into the Indian Ocean. The basin supports diverse socio-economic activities in the four Riparian States including agro-industry, large-scale irrigation, rain-fed subsistence agriculture, mining, and eco-tourism, and hosts some of the world’s foremost protected areas.

About LIMCOM
LIMCOM was established through the LIMCOM Agreement signed in November 2003 by the four Member States — Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe — in Maputo. The main objective of LIMCOM is to advise and “provide recommendations on the uses of the Limpopo, its tributaries and its waters for purposes and measures of protection, preservation and management of the Limpopo.” LIMCOM is headquartered in Mozambique.

More Information
Should you require any additional information about the meeting and LIMCOM, kindly contact Mr. Kizito Sikuka – Communications Officer at ksikuka@limpopocommission.org

Issued: 19 July 2023