The Resilience in the Limpopo River Basin (RESILIM) program, a five-year (2012-2107) USAID/ Southern Africa program, has sought to improve the transboundary water resources management of the Limpopo River Basin with specific focus on increasing the climate resilience of communities and ecosystems. The Limpopo River Basin is extremely water-stressed and increasing water availability through effective water resources management will have a positive impact on future sustainable economic growth in southern Africa.
RESILIM’s key partner the Limpopo Watercourse Commission (LIMCOM), is a SADC mandated River Basin Commission ratified by all riparian states of Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe in 2011. LIMCOM provides a forum for the states to collaborate, coordinate, and cooperate on Limpopo water-related challenges. The RESILIM Program supported LIMCOM to implement its 2011 - 2015 Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Plan and the development of a follow-on five year strategy (Vision 2020). In parallel to collaborating with LIMCOM, RESILIM has worked in partnership with other basin government departments, local non-government organizations, academic institutions, civil society groups and others to decrease climate vulnerability in the basin, minimize threats to biodiversity while improving the management of ecosystems, and improve the capacity of basin stakeholders to better manage water resources.
In the K2C area, a sister program implemented by the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD), called Resilim Olifants, is working to improve the Olifants Catchment. Please visit www.ourolifants.org for more information