The Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) is responsible for managing and regulating at a national level all uses of Zambia’s water resources in an integrated, participatory and sustainable manner based on human, land, environmental and socio-economic considerations.
WARMA was established by the Water Resources Management (WRM) Act No. 21 of 2011 and its mandate is derived from this Act.
WARMA’s approach to regulating the use of water in Zambia is based on international best practices of integrated water resources management (IWRM) in line with the country’s national development agenda.
WARMA became operational on October 1 2012 through a statutory instrument after the 2011 Water Resources Act was signed.
To be an autonomous, efficient and dynamic regulator of water resources.
Effectively regulate, manage and develop water resources for all users in Zambia.
The 2016 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank this year took place in Lusaka at Mulungushi International Conference Centre from the 23rd to 27th, May 2016. The theme of this year’s meetings was “Energy and Climate Change”, and draws on one of the Bank’s “High 5” priority areas, namely to “Light up and Power Africa”. It also reflects on the Bank’s New Deal on Energy and the key resolutions from the recent UN climate talks on global warming. The 2016 Annual Meetings theme is aligned with two of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 7 to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” and SDG 13 to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”. The Bank’s Annual Meetings are its largest annual event, and its biggest window on the world. They bring together some 5,000 delegates and participants, and feature some 40 official events in addition to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors. During one of the session of the annual meetings on the 26th May with the theme Light up Africa: Are the markets fit for purpose?, ZESCO Managing Director, Victor M. Mundende made a presentation in which he highlighted some of the strives that the corporation is making to deal with the power deficit that the country is currently facing.
Some of the projects that he made mention included the Batoka Gorge Hydro Power Projects whose works have already commenced and is expected to have a capacity of 2400 which will be shared between Zambia and Zimbabwe as is the case of Kariba Hydro Power station. However, he made the attendees aware during the discussion that in order for Zambia and Africa as a whole to be powered there is need to fully develop all the potential sites, he said this can either be done by government or the private sector. Mr. Mundende said the energy sector was liberalized as early as 1996 so as to encourage private power investment but this has not been the case because of the low selling price for domestic tariffs hence the need for the market to be commercially configured. Mr. Mundende said currently ZESCO had 760,000 customers and the corporation’s power generation was operating at half its capacity hence the continued need for load management through load shedding. He further added that with some of current projects that the corporation and other private companies had embarked on the power deficit will soon be a thing of the past.