Monday, April 22, 2024

US Think Tank urges Botswana to attach great importance to water security

A recent report from a US-based think tank based in Washington D.C states that Botswana must rationalise the use of natural resources, especially water which is at the centre of economic and social development, and its security must be top priority in 2024. In their recently released Foresight Africa 2024 report, which outlines the critical problems and top priorities for the African continent, Brookings Institution notes that water is increasingly becoming a highly valued resource that is essential to the survival of many Batswana and needs to be handled wisely.

Although an average of 423 cubic kilometers of rainfall falls over the Angolan Highlands Water Tower (AHWT), which are the Okavango Delta headwaters, the report states that “While this may seem like an infinite amount of water, we must manage this resource carefully,” adding that, “This water provides food and water security and sustains the livelihoods of millions of people in seven countries” among them Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.

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