The USAID-funded Resilience in the Limpopo River Basin (RESILIM) program, in partnership with the Marico River Conservation Association, is teaching the youth in and around Groot Marico of best practices in water conservation and water resource management to increase their communities’ and their natural environment’s resilience to the impacts of climate change during World Water Week which is taking place 16 – 21 March 2015.
The event will see the USAID Southern Africa Mission Director, Ms. Cheryl Anderson; USAID Southern Africa Director of the Regional Environment, Education and Democracy Office, Ms. Doreen Robinson; the Provincial Head of the Department of Water and Sanitation of the North-West Province and LIMCOM Commissioner, Mr. Chadwick Lobakeng; Director of Water Regulation for Limpopo Province and LIMCOM Technical Task Team Member, Ms. Martha Komape; and RESILIM Chief of Party, Mr. Kule Chitepo and other RESILIM representatives gather to show their support to building the resilience of the communities and ecosystems in Groot Marico.
Other USAID-supported World Water Week activities include a door-to-door awareness campaign in the Groot Marico community that will focus on the impacts of climate change as well as the need to conserve the Limpopo River Basin’s scarce water resources.
The RESILIM Program seeks to improve the transboundary water resource management of the Limpopo River to increase the resilience of communities and ecosystems, particularly with regard to climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation. RESILIM’s key stakeholder and partner is the Limpopo Watercourse Commission (LIMCOM), an organization conceived in 2003, ratified in 2011 and launched in July 2014 that provides a forum for South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique to collaborate, coordinate, and cooperate on Limpopo water-related challenges. The RESILIM Program supports LIMCOM in the implementation of the strategic objectives of its 2011 – 2015 Integrated Water Resources Management Plan. In parallel to collaborating with LIMCOM, RESILIM provides support to the national-level institutions that comprise the transboundary organization.
The Marico River Conservation Association is a not for profit community based organization which has created 360 reliable and recurring job opportunities through conservation along both the Marico and Koster Rivers in the North West Province. These actions form part of the Land User Incentive Program which is sponsored by the South Arica Department of Environmental Affairs.
USAID RESILIM and MRCA Water Week Commemorations:
Venue: Marico River Conservation Association Offices, Groot Marico
Time: 09:30 – 16:00
09:30 Arrival at MRCA
10:30 – 11:30 Formal Program
- Opening and welcome – Daan van der Merwe, Managing Director of MRCA.
- Background on Adopt a River Program – Caroline Shai, National Coordinator for Adopt- a-River
- Message of support – Cheryl Anderson, USAID Southern Africa Mission Director
- Message of support – Bishop M. Khunou, Special Advisor to the Premier of North West
11:30- 12:00: Tree identification exercise
12:15 – 13:15: Outreach and Awareness Campaign at Groot Marico Primary School
13:30 – 14:30: Lunch
14:30: Departure for visit to the Tufa Waterfall (Visit to Marico Eye optional, time permitting)
15:15 Arrival at Tufa Waterfall
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