SADC MultiStakeholder Water Dialogue: "Watering Development in SADC"

GWPSA has also been tasked by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Water Division with the organisation of the SADC Multi-stakeholder Water Dialogues for the past five years. The dalogues have been held under the general tag of "Watering development in SADC"

The dialogue originated through the IWRM Awareness Creation Component of the SADC–DANIDA Regional Water Sector Programme in the SADC Water Division’s Regional Strategic Action Plan.The dialogue is aimed at engaging water using and water influencing sectors in order to find ways of managing, developing and using the resource in an integrated and sustainable manner. Since 2008, realising the threat of climate change on water resources, the SADC Multi-stakeholder Water Dialogue has focused on tackling this challenge. In 2008, stakeholders at the Dialogue recommended the development of the SADC Climate Change Strategy for the Water Sector, and the 2009 and 2010 Dialogue meetings were used for regional consultation to inform the development of the strategy document.

The Water Dialogues are held under the overall theme of Watering Development in SADC and highlight how IWRM approaches can address key aspects of socio-economic development and poverty reduction in Southern Africa. The multi-stakeholder platform reaches beyond water professionals and policy makers, and brings together multiple sectors to discuss key development challenges that cut across sectors, disciplines and borders.

Over the past years the following Dialogues have been held: