European Union External Action

Support to Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) in Lesotho

01/08/2019 - 15:59
Environment and Climate Action

The goal of the ICM project is the sustainable management of land and water resources in Lesotho. It is aimed at combatting land degradation and the depletion of water catchments in the country.

 

Project overview

The goal of the ICM project is the sustainable management of land and water resources in Lesotho. It is aimed at combatting land degradation and the depletion of water catchments in the country. The successful implementation of the programme is expected to: protect and conserve water resources in the country, preserve Lesotho's vast wetlands and ecosystems, reduce soil erosion and desertification, rejuvenate agricultural lands, and improve the resilience of Basotho and their livelihoods. Thus, the action contributes through its objective to several Sustainable Development Goals.

 

The Action will specifically address the objectives of the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) on water and sanitation, agriculture and the rural economy. Building upon the ‘water-energy-food security’ nexus, the action will contribute to improving the environment while furthering food security, adaptation to climate change in Lesotho and utilising opportunities of the green economy.

 

Duration

 

2020 – 2023 (specific dates to be finalised)

 

Implementing organisation

 

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)

 

Key partner

                                               

Department of Water Affairs in the Ministry of Water

 

Other partners/associates/affiliates

 

Several Government Departments, Donors, Farmer organizations and Rural communities                                              

Benefitting zone(s)

           

Lesotho

 

Beneficiaries

 

Direct target beneficiaries include agricultural producers (commercial and subsistence crop and livestock farmers) as well as rural and semi-urban populations whose livelihoods depend on natural resources provided by the land (including water, wood for heating, cooking). It is expected that at least 20.000 persons will benefit through increased income. The Action will ensure that women can benefit meaningfully from ICM. Women already play a pivotal role in natural resource management on a household level. Their engagement and participation in measures will be fostered. At least 2.000 women will directly benefit from access to improved and increased economic activity.

 

All SADC member states are indirect beneficiaries that have the potential to benefit from this Action. Through embedding the ICM approach in Lesotho in the basin-wide and regional agenda and strategies, important lessons from ICM Lesotho will be made available to decision makers and practitioners in the SADC Member States as learning experiences.

 

Sector

 

Natural Resources (Water and Land)

 

 

Total estimated cost

 

EUR 39 million

 

EU contribution

 

EUR 28 million

 

Partners' contributions

 

The Government of Lesotho

 

EUR 5 million

 

Joint co-financing by Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through GIZ

 

EUR 6 million

 

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