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Transboundary River Basin Stakeholders  

A transboundary river basin creates multiple interdependencies among stakeholders within a basin and different administrative levels, and across political boundaries. This inter-connectedness increases the chance of conflict between basin stakeholders. Overlapping roles and responsibilities between basin managers, line agencies, the private sector and various levels of government, both within and between countries, creates potential conflict over jurisdiction and authority. In basins shared by multiple countries, the number of stakeholders increases which further increases the complexity of river basin management.

This chapter discusses the River Basin Organisations' stakeholders at the international, regional and basin level role within thLimpopo River basin. The various National Governments and Local Governments responsible for managing water resources within the member states of  Limpopo Rivebasin are presented, as well as examples of Non-Government Agencies (NGOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) within the member states. The mechanisms and challenges for the Involvement of Individuals are summarised for each of the four riparian states.

Chapter Summary

This chapter covers the following concepts and material:

  • The role of River Basin organisations within a  transboundary river basin
  • The national government agencies responsible for managing water resources in the basin countries
  • Examples of Non-Governmental organisations (NGOs) and Community based organisations (CBOs) supporting water management at the local level within the basin.
  • Mechanisms and challenges for stakeholder involvement at the catchment level in each of the Limpopo River basin states.
Stakeholder involvement at every level is critical to water management.
Source: CSIR 2003
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