Zambezi River Authority commissions water resources study

The Zambia River Authority (ZRA) has hired Arcadis Euroconsult to develop an integrated water resources management (IWRM) strategy for the Zambezi River Basin.

ZRA, the implementing agency for the Zambezi Action Plan Project 6, Phase 2 (ZACPRO 6.2) (HNN 12/6/06), contracted with Euroconsult, following a procurement process that began in April.

Euroconsult, part of the international consultancy and engineering Arcadis Group, is to define a set of medium- and long-term measures that support the equitable and sustainable utilization of the shared Zambezi water resources. The work is to take 18 months.

The overall aim of the IWRM strategy is supported by two objectives: to carry out a rapid water resources assessment for the basin; and to develop, analyze, and recommend strategic options for addressing prioritized water resources management issues for the basin.

The project, funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), covers all eight countries of the Zambezi basin in southern Africa: Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Euroconsult said the project is of strategic importance to the firm as its first SIDA-funded contract. (HNN 9/11/06) Additionally, Euroconsult said the pact reinforces its profile as a leading consultant on transboundary river basin management in southern Africa. The firm said it also will be making contacts with water authorities of all eight countries.

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