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African River Basin Organizations Meet in Mbabane, Swaziland

Her Royal Highness Princess Tsandzile, Minister of Natural Resources and Energy of Swaziland, graced the opening ceremony of the African Network of Basin Organizations at the Orion Piggs Peak Hotel in Mbabane, Swaziland.

Princess Tsandzile

“River Basins are crucial in any country’s economic development as they hold water reservoirs with multi-function such as domestic use and sanitation, irrigation for food production, industrial use, the generation of electricity and recreation to name a few.  The diversity of uses calls for an integrated and catchment/basin wide planning, development and management of water resources.  It is from that premise that Swaziland, the African continent and the world at large not only encourage but require a basin approach to water management,” HRM Princess Tsandzile told participants.  She concluded her remarks by saying that climate change is a force that threatens to reverse many achievements and slow future developments in many countries.  Africa is not exempt from the consequences of climate change and to be more specific, River Basins cannot escape the challenges of climate change.

Jointly organized by the African Network of Basin Organizations and the Swazi Komati Basin Water Authority, the two-day conference has brought together participants from Lake Victoria Basin Commission, Lake Tanganyika, International Commission of Congo-Oubangi-Shanga Basin (CICOS), Zambezi River Authority, and the Nile Basin Initiative.

The objective of the meeting is to deliberate and agree on practical strategies aiming at tackling climate change adverse effects in various River Basin Organizations in Africa.  The theme of the meeting is Strengthening our River Basin Organization for a Challenging Future.

The Nile Basin Initiative is represented by Ms. Henriette Ndombe and Mr. Daniel Massamba Meboya, Executive Director and Regional Communication Specialist respectively.

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