The AfDB has approved an African Water Facility grant to fund the updating of guidelines for a framework for selecting, constructing and operating multi-purpose dams in Zambia in order to bolster water security and food security and allow for other uses such as mini-hydropower projects.
26 September 2012: A €950,000 grant from the African Water Facility has been approved by the African Development Bank (AfDB) for developing an updated framework for the construction of multi-purpose dams in Zambia, which are expected to increase water security.
The updating of guidelines for constructing and operating multi-purpose dams has become more urgent due to increased climate variability and water scarcity. The criteria will allow potential dam sites to be selected based on community interest as well as on environmental criteria. The dams are expected to benefit rural communities by increasing water for aquaculture, agriculture, mini-hydropower and sundry domestic uses. By improving climate resilience, water and food security, the lives and livelihoods of approximately 90,000 people are expected improve.
The African Water Facility supports improving the enabling environment to attract increased investments in the water sector. It also disburses direct capital investments to generate larger investments for sustainable development, focusing on Integrated Water Resources Management at the national level and Transboundary Water Resources Management at the regional level. The AWF’s resources are managed by the AfDB. [AfDB Press Release] [African Water Facility Website]