Sharing The Knowledge

After the success of the Capacity Building on Water and Sustainable Development Training 1, participants have engaged in the dissemination of the knowledge acquired during the course held in October at WWAP Secretariat.

A brief summary of the promoted activities by one of the participants follows. 

Training of River Basin Authorities on Climate Change

Country: Swaziland

Trainers: Ms. Sindy Nkosis'phile Mthimkhulu

The water sector in Swaziland is strongly influenced by the climate change. Vulnerability assessments conducted project that by 2050, temperature is expected to increase up to 3.5 degree Celsius and evaporation rate by 15%, while drought and floods would be more frequent and severe.

The Government of Swaziland , through the Department of Water Affairs (DWA), aims to prepare River Basin Authorities (RBAs) to face these challenges. These institutions aim to facilitate effective and efficient water management in a decentralized manner. RBAs were first established in 2009, but they have not been completely operational because of the lack of technical and capacity skills amongst other things. They also lack knowledge and comprehension of climate change impacts on water resources at basin level. In order to better equip River Basin Authorities, a “Climate Change Training” was organised by the National Meteorological Service, the UNDP - GEF Climate Change Adaptation Project and the Department of Water Affairs.

The training was organised for River Basin Authority Chairpersons and Deputies as well as Irrigation Districts’ Board Members.  It was aimed at raising awareness on climate change impacts in the water sector and building RBAs capacity to effectively coordinate and manage climate change issues at basin level. 

Sindy Nkosis’phile Mthimkhulu, a Water Engineer working for the Department of Water Affairs who participated in the training “Capacity Building on Water and Sustainable Development” gave a presentation on Climate Change Vulnerability in Swaziland water sector basing her speech on what she learnt during the UNESCO – WWAP workshop. According to Mthimkhulu, the UNESCO – WWAP training gave her skills and knowledge to adapt and apply the information gained on the national level. The application of climate change adaptation concepts was a good start to disseminate critical knowledge to river basin level institutions to enable them to understand the resource they have to manage and plan in a better way.

Sindy Nkosis’phile Mthimkhulu

Sindy N. Mthimkhulu has 15 years of experience in the Department of Water Affairs in Swaziland. She monitors water use in the country, ensuring the enforcement of water policies and legislation. She also chairs the Technical Committee guiding the UNDP - GEF project on Adapting National and Transboundary water resources management to the expected impacts of climate change.

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