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Environmental Flows Management for Improved Resilience

Through history, humans have built dams, bridges and canals—with little awareness about the impact these modifications have on environmental health.

As water becomes more scarce, due to population growth and broadening economies, the value of healthy ecosystems becomes more apparent. The need to restore the natural flow of rivers to ensure the sustainability of ecosystem goods and services is critical.

Environmental flows management is, essentially, managing dams' outputs to mimic natural river flow (as if there were no dam at all). The Resilience in the Limpopo River Basin (RESILIM) Program partnered with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), BRIDGE, and WaterNet to train Limpopo Basin policy makers, water managers, civil society and others in environmental flows management.

RESILIM supports the riparian countries of the basin in their efforts to improve shared management of water resources and equitably address the economic, environmental and social needs of each country, thereby enhancing the resilience of the ecosystem and the people.

The USAID project reduces climate vulnerability by promoting adaptation strategies for integrated, trans-boundary water resource management. By building the capacity of local river basin organizations and communities to manage natural resources, high priority ecosystems will be preserved and resistant to climate-induced pressure.

Contact Info:

Doreen L. Robinson
Regional Chief
Environment & Energy Team
USAID Southern Africa

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