International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP)

Project description

Title: International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda; other countries undergoing the selection process
Lead executing agency: Water ministries in the partner countries
Overall term: 2013 to 2018

Demand for water, a key resource in all economic activities, is increasing rapidly, and in some cases unsustainably. In many countries, population and industry growth is progressively outstripping available water supply. The impacts of climate change are further aggravating the situation.

The International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) addresses these challenges. IWaSP is a transnational, multi-donor, German development cooperation programme with funding through 2018. GIZ was tasked with implementing this programme at the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The programme is cofinanced by the British Department for International Development (DFID).

The adaptability of water users to the impacts of climate change has been improved through private-sector participation in the reduction of shared water risks.

The concept of water stewardship is based on the understanding that all water users play a crucial role in ensuring sustainable water use and that a number of stakeholders must be involved in the process if these complex challenges are to be overcome.

Working alongside public bodies, enterprises and civil society, the International Water Stewardship Programme identifies measures aimed at reducing shared water risks. The programme initiates and sets up partnerships between the three different types of stakeholders, and coordinates these with the support of GIZ bilateral and regional water programmes. A team at the GIZ Head Office is responsible for the overall approach and also oversees monitoring and donor coordination. Local GIZ offices coordinate the partnerships.

IWaSP consists of five components:

  1. improvement and institutionalisation of cooperation between the state, the private sector and civil society;
  2. identification, development and implementation of partnerships aimed at reducing water risks;
  3. involvement of the private sector in the financing and implementation of appropriate measures;
  4. integration of lessons learned from specific measures into national strategies and policies; and
  5. advocacy and dissemination at both regional and international level of lessons learned from the measures.

German development cooperation is working to promote water stewardship worldwide as an efficient approach for reducing water risks.

Kenya. IWaSP is supporting the restoration and conservation of Lake Naivasha through a partnership between government, private sector and civil society. This work is bringing benefits to water resources management, water quality, and water supply, as well as decreasing the potential for conflict.

The Nairobi Water Roundtable allows the largest private water users in and around the capital city to explore options for improving water conservation and managing water risks more efficiently. Partners such as Diageo, BASF, Coca-Cola, IUCN, Tetra Pak and WWF take part in it.

Zambia. In Zambia, IWaSP is working to protect and manage the Itawa Spring through a variety of partnership activities and measures. The aim is to promote sustainable economic, social and ecological use of the springs. Participants include stakeholders from civil society, as well as Zambian Breweries (the country’s largest brewery) and public authorities such as the Ministry of Lands and the Department of Water Affairs.

South Africa. Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN) has been founded to act as a coordination platform between the private sector and the government. IWaSP supports SWPN in promoting measures to mitigate major water-related risks and prevent future water shortages. Twenty-five South African and multinational companies based in South Africa, government institutions and NGOs are already part of the network, including Coca-Cola, AngloAmerican, Nestlé, SABMiller, WWF, WRG and the Water Ministry.

Tanzania. The ecosystem of the Mlalakua River is being improved by a partnership. Coca-Cola, local private sector industry (Nabaki Africa), the national environmental authority as well as the local NGO Nipe Fagio are involved. The goal is to restore the Mlalakua River and ensure the long-term prevention of pollution.

Uganda. In cooperation with Coca-Cola and the Ministry of Water, sustainable water resource management in the River Rwizi catchment is being supported.

In Kampala, a Wastewater Dialogue with private companies has been founded in cooperation with the city council. In the near future, possibilities for cooperation in the oil, gas and hydropower sectors shall be investigated.