Video: The Road to Improved Water Governance in Botswana

GWP Southern Africa played a major role in Botswana's development of a national Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Efficiency (IWRM/WE) Plan. The creation of GWP Botswana and its involvement in the process was vital to make it a success, allowing the government to access stakeholders from all levels of society, says Bogadi Mathangwane, Director of the Botswana Department of Water Affairs.

The process to create the IRWM/WE Plan was lengthy, and it is described in detail in this Impact Story. In the video below some of the key people reflects on the different stages of developing the Plan while also describing the implementation phase.

In addition to reaching all stakeholders, money was a critical issue from the start, since the government of Botswana had limited funding for developing the Plan. Looking for outside donor funding was the only option, and together with GWP Southern Africa, GWP Botswana and the Botswana Department of Water Affairs, a proposal was developed for the UNDP Global Environmental Finance (UNDP-GEF) Unit. To make the proposal more attractive, demonstration projects were installed to show the impact of the Plan on the ground.

“This was actually what attracted the GEF to finally fund Botswana,” explains Mrs Mathangwane. It was also a landmark decision by the GEF to fund an IWRM Plan for the first time anywhere in the world.

“Most of the recommendations of the IWRM/WE plan are now being taken seriously by the water sector in Botswana,” says Dr. Piet Kebuang Kenabatho, Chair of GWP Botswana. And the journey to strengthen the water governance continues, with transboundary water resources being the next natural step to look at, says Dr. Kenabatho.

GWP will continue to play an important role in Botswana. Mrs Mathangwane says there is a continuous need for monitoring and evaluation of the IWRM/WE Plan, and also a need for assistance with accessing funding for climate change adaptation project.