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Development and adoption of a Strategic Action Program for balancing water uses and sustainable natural resource management in the Orange-Senqu River transboundary basin
Commissioning Unit: South Africa
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 06/2014
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: South Africa
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: Inadequate collaboration between UNDP and ORASECOM in identifying/confirming the interests of the countries for GEF support to implement a SAP project to follow the successful TDA-SAP/NAP process.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/20] [Last Updated: 2015/04/20]

Submit an agreement as early as possible within the GEF 6 funding window.

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2. Recommendation: Unclear role and the support of the ORASECOM and its Secretariat for the mutual cooperation and coordination with other funding agencies (the International Coordinating Partners)
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/20] [Last Updated: 2015/04/20]

Ensure complementary efforts and best use of comparative advantage

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3. Recommendation: Unclear execution modality to follow-up GEF-financed project supporting the SAP implementation
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/20] [Last Updated: 2015/04/20]

The Commission and its Secretariat to work together to support and strengthen the project ORASECOM and its outcomes. This will also provide a clear mechanism for close coordination between the IWRM process and SAP Implementation (as the environmental component of such an IWRM Plan)

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4. Recommendation: No sustainability mechanism for the technical-level working groups for the TDA-NAP-SAP process as formal advisory bodies to the National Development Process and to ORASECOM and SAP Implementation at the regional level.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/20]

Sustain the technical-level working groups that have been created and evolved through the TDA-NAP-SAP process as formal advisory bodies to the National Development Process and to ORASECOM and SAP Implementation at the regional level.

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5. Recommendation: Lack of ownership of the ORASECOM outputs and replicability of the project results
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/20] [Last Updated: 2015/04/20]

ORASECOM to oversee formal documentation of the results and lessons that can then guide further activities throughout the basin

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6. Recommendation: Weak emphasis on cross-sectoral interaction and partnership as currently ORASECOM is only an advisory body to primarily the water ministries.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/20] [Last Updated: 2015/04/20]

Ensure greater involvement of other government stakeholders such as environment, agriculture, tourism and energy for the SAP implementation

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7. Recommendation: Lack of involvement of the industry and the private sector as partners during SAP implementation
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/20]

Engage major players (e.g. SASOL and ESKOM) into the SAP implementation process and activities to assist in reducing pressure on the river basin as an ecosystem as well as a ?service provider? to farmers, communities, etc

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8. Recommendation: Lack of innovative measures to ease pressure on the Orange-Senqu River that can reduce water needs or reduce interference or impact on environmental flow.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/04/20]

Involve closer partnerships with industry to demonstrate how wastage or over-use of water resources in their production cycles amounts to a ?hidden factory'.

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