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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has partnered with Southern African Development Community (SADC) on a five-year project to address severe water challenges in southern Africa.

USAID Southern Africa water resources management specialist, Jeanette Normand said Monday that people in southern Africa face water shortages, increased floods, and decline in crop production as climate change further stresses an already water-scarce region.

Trans-boundary cooperation and adaptive management of critical river ecosystems is needed to secure the region’s fragile biodiversity and ecosystem services and to support robust livelihoods, she said.

USAID’s Resilient Waters Program project aims to build more resilient and water secure southern African communities and ecosystems through improved management of trans-boundary natural resources and increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation services.

The geographic focus of the project is on the Limpopo River Basin, which is home to 18 million people living in parts of Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe and the Okavango River Basin, home to one million people living in parts of Angola, Botswana and Namibia.

USAID will cooperate with regional structures such as the River Basin Organizations and Transfrontier Conservation Areas to implement the project. Enditem

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