LoGo Water

Towards effective involvement of Local Government in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in river basins of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region

2005 - 2008

Coordinated by the ICLEI European Secretariat and in collaboration with ICLEI's regional office for Africa as one of the project partners the main activities of the LoGo Water project were the following:

  1. Taking stock of existing knowledge and experience on models and frameworks of local government participation in IWRM taking into account, amongst others, the SADC Protocol on Shared Watercourses for the Southern Africa region and the European Union Water Framework Directive for the European region.
  2. Identifying an effective role for local governments in IWRM in SADC river basins, focusing on the Limpopo river basin as a model area by working closely with key stakeholders and eight local governments in the Limpopo basin.
  3. Supporting the implementation of the role of local governments in IWRM in the SADC region by guiding local governments and other stakeholders in the implementation of actions aimed at adopting IWRM policies and practices.
  4. Disseminating the project's results via a website, printed material, and an international seminar in order to raise awareness among the public as well as experts and stakeholders, encourage other local governments to engage in IWRM, promote the implementation of IWRM in SADC; and foster further research on the topic.

LoGo Water resulted, among others, in the publication of the following set of information and guidance materials for local governments in the SADC region:
Part I: Reaping the Benefits - How Local Governments Gain from IWRM
Part II: Understanding the Context - The Role of Local Government in IWRM
Part III: Engaging in IWRM - Practical Steps and Tools for Local Governments
Part IV: Making Water Work for Local Governments - Ten Top Tips for Integration in Water Management

  • Serowe/Palapye District Council (Botswana)
  • Selebi-Phikwe Town Council (Botswana)
  • Municipal Council of the City of Chokwe (Mozambique)
  • Municipal Council of Xai-Xai (Mozambique)
  • City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (South Africa)
  • Makhado Local Municipality (South Africa)
  • Beitbridge Rural District Council (Zimbabwe)
  • Bulawayo City Council (Zimbabwe)

LoGo Water was funded by the European Commission, Research Directorate-General, as a Coordination Action for Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area - Contract No. 003717