The current third phase (2005/06 - 2013) concentrates on implementing the institutional changes and strengthening the capacity of institutions and individuals to promote integrated land and water management in basins. This is in line with the priority setting and focal areas agreed upon during the bilateral Namibian-German Government negotiations as well as the Water Resources Management Bill of 2009. So far, 8 basin management committees have been established (between 2003 and 2011) namely Kuiseb, Iishana, Omaruru, Okavango, Orange-Fish, Olushandja, Niipele and Tsumeb basin management committees.

In the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin of the northern central Namibia, the NIWRM project embeds with the EU-ACP water facility whose funding addresses the coordination in water resources management and development at basin level. It aims to achieve sustainable utilization of water and other related natural resources through the implementation of IWRM in the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin.

Consequently, the project supports the creation of water basin management committees, which will be provided with a sound data base for successfully support negotiation on water allocations. The magnitude of the task and the complexity of the issues requires substantial resources, estimated at EUR 4,647,330. Financial support is foreseen from the Federal Republic of Germany, through the German Development Cooperation (EUR 790,046), the Federal Institute for Geosciences (BGR) and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN).