The 2020 LVB IWRM institutional assessment, SWOT and Gap Analysis indicate that to strengthen LVBC as a regional institution for IWRM, three key elements have to be in place:
An established LVB IWRM framework in the region, with Basin and sub-Basin management plans, sustainable funding, institutional and implementation arrangements, work programmes for key focus areas and performance indicators.
A developed, capacitated and adequately resourced LVBC including realigned strategic orientation, developed and restructured organization, designated basin management functions, a regional IWRM Investment Programme, and redefined/ strengthened relations with key stakeholders.
LVBC positioned as the regional IWRM Centre of Excellence, including knowledge development, management and application, in cooperation with a network of relevant academic and research institutions, and in support of policymakers and investors.
The LVB IWRM strategy will have a long-term (20-25 years) horizon and be broken down into 5-year planning periods, aligned with the EAC/LVBC strategic planning cycle .
Key elements of the strategy
Under the LVB IWRMP, the LVBC needs to develop strategic relationships with Regional institutions (NBI), Basin Authorities, Municipalities and Water and Wastewater Utilities in the region. Development of catchment management plans (CMP) in the 27 LVB sub-basins shall be promoted and supported. The CMPs will provide ample investment opportunities. At Basin level the CMPs can be integrated and consolidated in LVB wide Programme Plans.
For LVBC, to become the LVB IWRM Centre of Excellence and knowledge hub, cooperation agreements with academic institutions and research programmes will be essential.
The Vision statement & objectives of the strategy are being formulated. The Strategy Framework will be built on 7 thematic areas:
Water Resources Development
Renewable Energy Development
Water Supply and multi-purpose water storage
Population and Health
Climate change adaptation and resiliency, and gender equality will be a cross cutting theme in all 7 areas.
The draft strategy document is expected to be finalised mid-2022 for internal and external review. A Regional strategy workshop with relevat stakeholders will be held.