Zambezi Basin Stakeholders Forum to be held in Malawi

The Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) in collaboration with its partners, will hold this year’s annual Zambezi Basin-wide Stakeholders Forum from 8-9 October in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Basin-wide Stakeholders Forum brings together those with an interest in the Zambezi River Basin to share information and experiences around a selected theme.

The objective of the Forum is to bring together representatives of stakeholders with interests in the management and development of water and related resources in the basin to share knowledge and experiences; and provide advice and inputs that contribute to ZAMCOM initiatives, and Zambezi Basin developments.

The focus this year will be on the Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus for Socio-economic Benefits in the Zambezi River Basin.

With a changing climate, increased population and demand on depleting natural resources – coordinated planning and implementation of development initiatives is becoming increasingly important. The recent droughts in the region had a huge impact on the energy and food security in the region which depend on water and ecosystem services – clearly showing us the need to coordinate how we address challenges across sectors.

Forum Objectives

The overall objective of the 3rd Forum is to interrogate the WEFE Nexus approach with a view to accelerate the realisation of economic benefits in the Zambezi River Basin.

Specific objectives are:

  • To raise awareness and enhance knowledge on how the WEFE nexus approach can address development challenges in the basin and support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for the Zambezi River Basin
  • To share experiences and opportunities of the WEFE nexus approach in shared river basins
  • To identify gaps, challenges and opportunities in the implementation of the WEFE Nexus approach
  • To develop strategies and actions that will facilitate the practical application of the NEXUS approach by Zambezi River Basin (ZRB) stakeholders
  • To initiate a process of identifying nexus investments in order to contribute to the ZAMCOM vision

ZAMCOM is one of the major river basin organisations in Africa. It was established in 2014 as an intergovernmental organisation that brings together eight Riparian States. The Riparian States are Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania; Zambia and Zimbabwe. The basis for the cooperation in the Basin is the Agreement on the Establishment of the Zambezi Watercourse Commission which was signed in 2004 and came into force in 2011. The Commission is headquartered in Harare, Zimbabwe.

For more information, please read the attached documents. 

If you're interested in attending this event, please fill out the Registration Form attached and send it to the email addresses detailed in the document before 31 August 2018.