Implementation and coordination of ICM requires a well capacitated and experienced workforce to achieve socio-economic development and adaptation to climate change in Lesotho. The ReNOKA partnership aims to establish an interdisciplinary Master’s Programme on integrated water resource management, undergraduate teaching modules, scholarships and internship opportunities as well as hands-on opportunities for students to get engaged in the implementation of integrated catchment management. This will ensure that future generations of professionals and decision makers in Lesotho have the right tools to deal with the environmental and social-economic issues that will determine Lesotho’s future. Furthermore, decentralized on-the-job trainings and interdisciplinary professional short courses will enhance skills and knowledge of current ICM practitioners with a benefit for implementation of relevant measures from the local community to the transboundary level.
Aside of capacity development activities, the partnership intends to advance innovations for ICM by utilizing the capacities of the NUL innovation Hub to explore opportunities for applied sciences. For example, in the commercial use of data, the partnership aims to open new perspectives for ICM stakeholders by providing incentives for business development. Finally, the produced data and a ReNOKA research series on sustainable land and water resources management will improve the national monitoring of ICM in Lesotho and decision making on highest level.
ReNOKA ke lekhotla le ikemiselitseng ho khothalletsa kopano le ts’ebelisano ‘moho har’a batho ba phelang tikolohong a noka ea Senqu-Orange ka sepheo sa ho sireletsa le ho ntlafatsa mobu le metsi molemong oa katleho ea bohle ba phelang tikolohong ena.
Combatting land degradation and the depletion of water catchments
ReNOKA is a national programme and active citizen movement to advance integrated catchment management in Lesotho and the Orange-Senqu river basin. ReNOKA represents a network of individuals, communities and professionals that are stronger together, fluid and growing, dedicated to the restoration of water, land, and the long-term prosperity of all communities.
ReNOKA is an initiative of the Government of Lesotho, in partnership with civil society and private sector organisation as well as regional organisations such as the Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). ReNOKA will build a capable framework to restore, protect and manage the land and water resources in the Orange-Senqu River Basin, starting in Lesotho.
Support for ReNOKA is provided through a partnership between the Government of Lesotho, the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Kingdom of Lesotho and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The EU and BMZ contributions are implemented through a technical assistance project “Support to Integrated Catchment Management in Lesotho” by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
Under ReNOKA, participating institutions will work together to bring about better policies and laws, capacitate government departments for effective regulation, and train land and water users and relevant professionals. Local communities will also benefit from practical conservation work and training to restore and manage catchment-related ecosystems. In order for ReNOKA to succeed in building a resilient river basin capable of serving future generations, multiple steps must be taken to address social, political, economic and environmental challenges together.
Together, these steps provide a holistic approach to strengthening the Orange-Senqu River Basin that will deliver improved economic opportunities for the Basotho people and a more resilient river basin that can cope with the negative impacts of climate change.
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