Water for livelihoods in KAZA transfrontier area
Water for Livelihoods: KAZA Transfrontier Conservation Area
Climate Resilience Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF), DFID
2014 - 2016
This project focuses on improving the livelihoods of local communities within and around the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA). KAZA is a SADC initiative that joins protected areas in five countries across two major transboundary river basins (the Okavango and Zambezi).
Genesis was retained to support CRIDF in their work in the KAZA TFCA, particularly in the design and implementation of small-scale water supply projects to build resilience across this transboundary region.
Human-wildlife conflict is severe in the dry season when people move to riverine areas to access water for domestic use, livestock watering and, in some cases, to irrigate their crops. The project’s aim was to design, fund and implement permanent water provisions away from these water sources and the risk of wildlife conflict.
Our role was the financial and economic appraisal of different infrastructure designs as well as affordability to ensure that communities are able to maintain the infrastructure in the long run. The team spent extensive time in remote locations in the KAZA area, carrying out livelihood and vulnerability assessments, and understanding the potential to create value chains to connect communities with formal markets. Through our economic analysis, CRIDF was able to align and benchmark various projects to ensure that they follow a programmatic and operationally sustainable means of building resilience in wildlife management zones.
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