The first phase started in 1991 as a project of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development (now Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry), finishing in 2001. This phase focused in the NWRM review. To this end, a series of seven theme papers were prepared by a Technical Team of Namibian specialists to establish the character and limits of Namibia's water resource base. These were drawn from the technical, social, economic and legal fields, and were assisted by international consultants from time to time. The theme reports formed specific components of a broad review of water resource management in Namibia that took into account not only the management of the resource base itself, but all the related, institutions, infrastructures and services that were derived from it.

Theme reports

The latter step ensured that the deliberations of the Technical Team were in line with the most advanced and internationally recognised concepts for the reform of water sectors.

Support for Phase 1 of the project was provided by several donors, namely the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ).

This review mission developed a logframe for continued German support during Phase II.

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