The Namibia Water Resources Management Project (NWRM-Project) is jointly run by Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry (MAWF) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). The Namibian-German projects in Water Resources Management started in 1991 and is divided in 3 phases.

According to legal and management recommendations that were defined in the context of a Water Review in 2003, the NWRM-Project supports Namibian government in the implementation of their policy. Top priority obtains in this respect the sustainable management of water basins through water basin management committees involving stakeholders in decisions at all levels.

Results achieved so far

Eight Basin Management Committees including Sub Basin Management Committees have been established. Annual operation plans have been developed and executed for all BMCs. All plans included topics related to HIV/AIDS. One Water Resource Management Plan exists for the Kuiseb basin. Another plan for the Cuvelai-Etosha basin is about to be developed.

Stakeholder exchange and exposure trips are taking place. Awareness campaigns have been conducted and are ongoing. The participatory management approach, in which all stakeholders are invited to actively take part in forums, meetings and working groups of BMCs, has strengthened the operational capacity of the decentralized community services and structures. Financial assistance and bookkeeping training has been provided. A sustainable financial system to support BMCs has been presented and now needs to be agreed upon and to be piloted. Data for monitoring and management is constantly being collected. A national database with a decision-support system will soon be developed. The project has provided training and qualifications in IWRM for basin support officers. The proposal for restructuring the Ministry is with the Office of the Prime Minister for approval. The 2010 Water Resource Management Bill is with the Parliament and waiting to be passed and enacted.