The establishment of Kikuletwa Catchment Forum takes off in Pangani River Basin

19 January 2010 | News story
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The Pangani Basin Water Office is implementing the Pangani River Basin Management Project (PRBMP) with technical assistance from IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) and the local NGO PAMOJA. The project is generating technical information and developing participatory forums to strengthen Integrated Water Resources Management in the Pangani Basin, including mainstreaming climate change, to support the equitable provision and wise governance of freshwater for livelihoods and environment for current and future generations.

To ensure viable water governance structures and capacity, the project committed to strengthening community participation in the area through the establishment of subcatchment forums.

To support the activities carried out by project partners, IUCN carried out a study that documented experiences in community and stakeholders participation in water management from Africa and other parts of the world. The objective of the comparative study was to provide lessons and experiences from other initiatives so as to inform the design of the Kikuletwa Catchment Forum.

Detailed stakeholder consultative workshops have been conducted at district, local government authority as well as municipal council levels to collect and collate the views of stakeholders concerning the structure, roles and responsibilities of the forum.

A reference group has been established to act as a Steering Committee responsible for facilitating the establishment of the Kikuletwa Catchment Forum.

In addition to the reference group, subcatchment facilitating teams have also been constituted. A training workshop was organized for the sub-catchment facilitating teams and the trained teams have now been deployed to the four sub catchments and are creating awareness on the various issues amongst communities.

The project is financially supported by the IUCN Water and Nature Initiative, the Government of Tanzania, the European Commission through a grant from the EU-ACP Water Facility, and the Global Environment Facility through UNDP.

For more information, please contact emmanuel.mwendera@iucn.org ; john.owino@iucn.org and katharine.cross@iucn.org


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