Water is essential to economic development, biodiversity conservation, resilience of ecosystems, and population health and welfare. Managing water resources to balance the demands of these needs is challenging. The demands on water resources are further complicated in trans-boundary water systems where multiple countries regulate, compete for, and depend on the same shared water supply.
These issues are exacerbated in the Limpopo River Basin, which supports the industrial heart of southern Africa and large urban populations. Social and commercial demands for water resources, already over-allocated, continue to rise while the water supply is becoming increasingly variable as a result of climate change. The Resilience in the Limpopo Basin Program (RESILIM) supports the riparian countries of the basin in their efforts to improve shared management of water resources and equitably address the economic, environmental, and social needs of each country, thereby enhancing the resilience of the ecosystem and the people.
The USAID project reduces climate vulnerability by promoting adaptation strategies for integrated, trans-boundary water resource management. By building the capacity of local river basin organizations and communities to sustainably manage natural resources, high priority ecosystems will be preserved and resistant to climate-induced pressure.