Policy Brief // Outcomes of the EU Horizon 2020 DAFNE PROJECT: The Zambezi River Basin Integrated Cooperation for a Vital Resource
This policy brief is derived from research conducted under €5.5M four-year EU Horizon 2020 and Swiss funded ‘DAFNE’ project which concerns the promotion of integrated and adaptive water resources management, explicitly addressing the WEF Nexus and aiming to promote a sustainable economy in regions where new infrastructure and expanding agriculture has to be balanced with social, economic and environmental needs.
Key Policy Messages
- The integration of key legal and policy frameworks including international water law principles, the WEF Nexus and the Sustainable Development Goals could streamline existing efforts and further implementation.
- Benefit-sharing which extends beyond the energy sector could enhance regional integration and improve sustainable development within the basin.
- Harmonisation of laws, policies and commitments at national level could bring more benefits to all basin countries and enhance the exemplary ZRB governance structures within the basin
- Basin States which have not ratified the SADC Protocol and ZAMCOM agreement should be encouraged to do so, reaffirming commitment to water governance and improving uniformity across the basin.
This Policy Brief was produced by Julie Gibson and Zeray Yihdego (University of Aberdeen). Funded under the H2020 Framework Programme of the EU.
- Publication // Implementing International Watercourses Law through the WEF Nexus and SDGs: an Integrated Approach Illustrated in the Zambezi River Basin (November 2020)
- Project // Use of a Decision-Analytic Framework to explore the water-energy-food NExus in complex and trans-boundary water resources systems of fast growing developing countries (DAFNE)
- MOOC // The DAFNE approach to understanding and management of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus