26 May 2013 06:00
WINDHOEK, 26 MAY (NAMPA) - Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers responsible for water resources and related matters will be meeting in Luanda, Angola, on Thursday, 30 May 2013.
This was announced by Barbara Lopi, Communications and Awareness Expert for the Water Sector at the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana in a media statement availed to Nampa here on Sunday.
Namibia's Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa is expected to lead the Namibian delegation to the meeting in Luanda.
According to the media statement from Gaborone, the SADC ministers responsible for water will be meeting at Alvalade Hotel in Luanda to review progress on the implementation of the third phase of the Regional Strategic Action Plan on Integrated Water Resources Management and Development (RSAP III) 2011-2015.
The ministers already approved the third phase of the RSAP III at their meeting held in 2011 in Maseru, Lesotho, as a document to guide implementation of water related activities in the region.
The RSAP III is the framework for action to achieve the sustainable development of water resources in the region through the development of water infrastructures on the basis of sound water governance and water management.
Specifically, the RSAP III serves as a work plan to guide the development and implementation of activities in the SADC water Sector for the periods 2011 to 2015.
The ministers will also review the status of implementation of projects in the various river Basins in the SADC region - such as Okavango, Limpopo, Orange-Senqu, Buzi, Save, Ruvuma, Zambezi and Incomati/Maputo.
The ministers? meeting will be preceded by a meeting of senior officials from the respective ministries responsible for water, said the media statement.
Also meeting on the sidelines of the main ministers? meeting will be officials responsible for the Zambezi, Limpopo and Okavango river basins.