Natural Resource Management and Water Security in Southern Africa.

Resilient Waters Program

Project Dates: June 2018 - June 2023
Improved natural resource management and increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation are essential to addressing human and ecosystem challenges in southern Africa.

Southern Africa has significant biodiversity and natural resources, as well as a robust legal framework for natural resource management across borders. However, most countries in the region are water scarce or water stressed. National policies lack harmonization across countries and between sectors, and poor and vulnerable populations lack enough benefits and incentives for sustainable resource management. The goal of USAID/Southern Africa’s Resilient Waters Program is to build more resilient and water-secure southern African communities and ecosystems through improved management of transboundary natural resources and increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation services. Resilient Waters’ approach is based on the premise that by building the capacity of and enhancing cooperation between people and institutions at the community, national, and regional levels, we can achieve sustainable resilience with inclusive growth in southern Africa.

Project Goals


The activity has four integrated goals to improve overall transboundary natural resource management, increase water security, and build more resilient communities and ecosystems:

  • Improve the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in southern Africa
  • Improve the management and security of transboundary water resources
  • Increase access to safe, sustainable drinking water and sanitation services
  • Strengthen the ability of key institutions and communities to adapt to climate change