The proposed UNDP-GEF project aims to strengthen transboundary water governance in Africa working through the framework of the African Network of Basin Organization (ANBO). At the continental level, ANBO has been formally recognized as the technical arm of AMCOW on transboundary water resources management. The project will assist ANBO in effective execution of this role. At the national level, the project will engage with relevant entities of national governments which represent the respective governments at the Lake and River Basin Organizations as well as with Groundwater Commissions wherever these have been formed. L/RBOs continue to assume greater roles in regional integration and development as they define manageable units within which development planning occurs. At the sub-regional level the project will engage with the Regional Economic Communities, which in some regions of the continent have been responsible for the establishment of L/RBOs, to promote the mainstreaming of Integrated Water Resources Management into the regional socio-economic development agendas.
The overall objective of the proposed UNDP-GEF project is:
To strengthen the coordination and collaboration capacity of African Lake and River Basin Organizations (L/RBOs), Commissions and/or cooperative frameworks for transboundary groundwater management and their Member States towards improved transboundary water governance in Africa through the improved support by the African Network of Basin Organization (ANBO).
Under the overall objective, the project is structured in two components, namely
- Strengthening ANBO’s institutional and technical capacity as a technical arm of AMCOW
- Supporting the capacity building of Lake/River Basin Organizations, Groundwater Commissions and RECs to foster transboundary cooperation