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Orange-Senqu River Basin: Preparation of Climate Resilient Water Resources Investment Strategy &Plan and Multipurpose Project

Background: The Orange-Senqu River Basin originates in the highlands of Lesotho and runs for over 2300 km to its mouth on the Atlantic Ocean in Namibia/South Africa. The river system is one of the largest river basins in Africa with a total catchment area of about 1.0 million km2 and encompasses all of the Lesotho, a significant portion of South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. The basin is of major economic importance to South Africa contributing 26% to South Africa’s GDP.

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PROJET D’APPUI A LA CREATION D’UN ORGANISME DE BASSINS TRANSFRONTALIERS (Ogoué, Ntem, Nyanga, et Komo) ET PREPARATION DE PROJETS D’INVESTISSEMENTS

I. Origine et contexte du Projet
I.1 La Communauté Économique des États de l’Afrique Centrale (CEEAC), créée en octobre 1983 et son Secrétariat Général mis en place en janvier 1985, compte actuellement onze États membres à savoir : l’Angola, le Burundi, le Cameroun, la Centrafrique, le Congo, le Gabon, la Guinée- Equatoriale, la RD Congo, le Rwanda, le Sao Tome & Principe et le Tchad.

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Shire-Zambezi waterways feasibility study

May 2011 – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) received a € 1.7 million grant to undertake a study to improve knowledge on navigable waterways of the Shire-Zambezi for their reopening. This joint action between Malawi and Mozambique will improve information exchange and promote joint project planning and investment. The reopening of the waterways could increase the volume of transport of goods, trade and the exchange of services.

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ECOWAS The establishment of a regional water observatory

August 2011- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) received a € 411,000 grant for a study to establish a regional water observatory to contribute the improvement of water sector performance.  The observatory would help strengthen political will on common water management policy amongst ECOWAS member countries, and promote the convergence of national policy outlook and strategy framework to facilitate joint action on transboundary water resources management.

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Baro-Akobo-Sobat development programme

May 2012 - The Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO, the technical arm of the Nile Basin Initiative, received a € 2 million grant for a development study to support investment efforts to finance the Baro-Akobo-Sobat development programme. The region holds tremendous potential for the cooperative development of water resources, if enhanced, promises significant socio-economic impacts that can reduce poverty.

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Preparation of Lake Chad Basin Water Charter

May 2007 - The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) has received a € 890,000 grant to support the creation of a Lake Chad Water Charter between the five riparian states, Cameroon, Chad, Libya, Niger, Nigeria, ( Sudan) which will function as a political and legal instrument for equitable water sharing, common investments, and environmental management.

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Support to the Volta Basin Authority (VBA) for the implementation of the Volta-HYCOS Project

January 2009 – The Volta Basin Authority received a €1.2 million grant to enable the VBA and the National Hydrologic Services (NHS) of member states to deliver reliable hydrological information services to users and perform effective trans-boundary IWRM.

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Support to SADC regional water supply and sanitation programme

June 2009- The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) received a € 2 million grant to establish a regional, collaborative framework for effective water supply and sanitation planning and management to enable SADC member states achieve the water supply and sanitation targets of the MDGs by 2015 and the Southern African Water Vision. The framework consists of tools, measures and approaches to overcome the identified constraints to effective sector performance in the SADC states.

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Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa – PIDA: Study for the development of transboundary hydraulic infrastructure

December 2009- The African Union Commission (AUC) received at € 1.2 million grant to finance the establishment of a strategic intervention framework for the development of regional and continental transboundary hydraulic infrastructure, based on a common development vision and sector policies; and for the establishment of an investment programme for transboundary hydraulic infrastructure around priorities defined by the basin organisations and regional economic organisations.

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