Third phase of CuveWaters to run another two years

22 Aug 2013 11:20
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) – The Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany will fund the third phase of the CuveWaters project for another two years, commencing on 01 October this year and ending 30 September 2015.
A media statement issued and published on the project’s website ( recently indicated that the central goal of the third phase is the takeover of the plants by relevant Namibian partners, which amongst others include the Outapi Town Council, Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN), and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) in order for them to operate the plants autonomously over the long term.
CuveWaters is an international joint research project led by the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) in co-operation with the Technical University Darmstadt in Germany and the DRFN, as well as MAWF. The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project initially ran from 2006 until 2013.
In line with its social-ecological approach, the project aims to maximise economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems.
The goal of the CuveWaters project is to further develop and implement an Integrated Water Resources Management system tailored to the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin in central-northern Namibia. Along with practice partners and prospective users, researchers are developing and implementing technologies for rain - and floodwater harvesting and storage, desalination and sanitation and water reuse.
The project will strengthen the potential of the region’s water resources, which will in turn allow the development of innovative solutions by combining new and adapted technologies.
CuveWaters uses a trans-disciplinary approach in which science and technology are tied in with the everyday practical knowledge of the local people.