The project will implement priority interventions at specific locations within the three international river basins (namely Maputo, Umbulezi and Incomati) in the country. The demonstration sites were identified through an extensive consultative process held at both the national and community levels.
Amongst other benefits, the project will deliver adaptation benefits in relation to water resources management that are sustainable in the face of expected climate change. Adaptation benefits will also arise through the protection of livelihoods from adverse climate change impacts on water resources. Additionally, through its activities, the project will contribute to the preservation and conservation of nationally important ecosystems
The project will also promote rainwater harvesting technologies and techniques through which to improve rainwater infiltration rates in demonstration sites. These on-the-ground activities are likely to provide benefits such as: i) improving access to water for sanitation and drinking purposes; ii) preventing the decline of the water table, iii) reducing pumping costs; and iv) improving agricultural productivity by increasing the availability of water for irrigation purposes (with positive consequences for food security and income streams). The project’s restoration and reforestation activities will increase vegetation cover over the soil, thereby resulting in an improvement in rainfall infiltration and retention as well as a reduction in soil erosion and siltation of dams and reservoirs
The project will work with institutions such as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Tourism and Environment, the National Water Authority (NWA), Komati Basin Authority, Department of Meteorology (MET), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Swaziland Water and Agricultural Development Enterprises (SWADE) and Swaziland Environmental Authority (SEA) as well as sectoral ministries who have a stake in water resources management, to develop and disseminate climate change analysis and its implications for the draft National Water Policy and transboundary water resources management. The PPG phase will map out roles and responsibilities of these various stakeholder groups in the project.
The project will be executed by the Department of Water Affairs (Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy), which will work closely with the Ministry of Tourism and Environment and Department of Meteorology. Executing partners will be the Ministry of Agriculture, particularly the extension department, and the Swaziland Water and Agricultural Development Enterprise (SWADE) that will coordinate the NGOs on the ground.
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