The Orange-Senqu River Basin is the third largest in Southern Africa, covering an estimated area of 1 million kilometers, and is home to one of Africa’s most critical wetland ecosystems, the Orange-Senqu River Mouth. Increasing demand for, and unsustainable use of, the river’s water resources have resulted in substantial changes in the function and quality of the natural ecosystem. The Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) is implementing the Basin’s Strategic Action Programme, which seeks to support the Governments of South Africa and Namibia to ensure the rehabilitation and sustainable management of the Orange-Senqu River Mouth.
Under this project, OneWorld aims to contribute directly to ORASECOM’s vision of a ‘healthy trans-boundary Ramsar site providing opportunities for all’ and improve the condition of the Orange-Senqu River Basin.
In collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team mobilised by ORASECOM, OneWorld is undertaking a baseline study on a framework for implementing the demonstration project in South Africa and Namibia.
Specifically, OneWorld adopts an integrated and participatory approach on the complementary principles of Integrated Water Resources Management and the Ecosystems Approach to undertake the relevant baseline assessment, including a situational analysis and prioritisation of management interventions through participatory analysis.