Towards Integrated Water Resource Management

There is currently not enough water to meet the demand in the Pangani Basin, yet the Pangani Basin Water Board continues to receive requests for new water permits from local, municipal and industrial investors. The Water Board has little data on the economic, social and environmental costs and benefits of various water allocation scenarios to guide its water permit provision. Climate change and reducing water supplies have yet to be taken into consideration in the allocation process.

Conflicts are also emerging between various water users, such as commercial farms, small farmers and livestock keepers. The natural environment has yet to be recognized as an important water user and at present receives hardly any consideration in an already over-allocated resource.

The Pangani River Basin Management Project (PRBMP) is generating technical information and developing participatory forums to strengthen Integrated Water Resources Management in the Pangani River Basin, including mainstreaming climate change, to support the equitable provision and wise governance of freshwater for livelihoods and environment for current and future generations.

Pangani Basin Water Board is implementing the project with technical assistance from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) and the local NGO PAMOJA. The project is financially supported by IUCN Water & Nature Initiative, the Government of Tanzania, European Commission through a grant from EU-ACP Water Facility, and the Global Environment Facility through UNDP.
The Pangani River Basin Management Project is addressing this goal through several approaches, including: 1) an Environmental Flow Assessment 2) establishing forums for community participation in water management and 3) raising awareness about climate change impacts and adaptation strategies

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