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Press Statement on the Extension of the …

September 28, 2018

Press statement on the Extension of Borehole Registration The Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) has extend the Borehole registration deadline from 30th September, 2018 to 31st March, 2019. Press Statement on the...

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July 16, 2018

PRESS RELEASE ON COMPLIANCE LEVELS ON GROUND WATER REGULATIONS The Acting Director General for Water Resources Management Authority responded to a press query from Media Houses on the compliance levels on...

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Ministrial Press Statement

April 18, 2018

Ministrial Press Statement The Ministry Of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection (MWDSEP) released a press statement clarifying the enactment of the statutory instruments on fees and charges, licensing of drillers...

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ICCWRM project background

Zambia’s reform of the water sector was launched in 1993 and is now introducing principles of IWRM in the new Water Resources Management Act (2011). As part of this, several projects are being implemented, of immediate relevance for this assignment:

Integrating Climate Change in Water Resource Monitoring (ICCWRM), financed by the Energy and Climate Fund (ECF), with technical support through a consortium of GFA and DHI South Africa. The project is supporting development of an Integrated Water Resource Management Information System (IWRMIS) that is to integrate climate change in water resources management.
 The organisational concept for the IWRMIS is shaped by the functions and skills required in the decentralised structure of WARMA, from the data unit at central level, to the sub-catchment councils, to perform IT management and maintenance of the core systems, quality control of data entering the system, and processing of data into information products to support decision making by WARMA and external stakeholders.

GIZ activities and results

GIZ provides support for the operationalisation of the WARMA and the IWRMIS. GIZ and consultants:

  • Supported the establishment of the WARMA and the accompanying change management process,
  • Developed, and implemented in the Kafue basin, a methodology to perform (sub-) catchment baseline studies required for local planning of water,
  • Analysed the effects of climate change and identified mitigation measures,
  • support the development of gender and climate proof water resource management strategies and plans from local to national level considering the principles of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM),
  • Support data base management, data quality management, data processing, analysis and exchange,
  • Help establish proper Operation and Maintenance practices for hydrological and meteorological measuring stations and train field staff in proper use of measuring equipment,
  • Provide, and support the operation of an IT framework to a pilot catchment.

For more information visit: GIZ website


WARMA at a Glance

What is WARMA?


The Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) is an autonomous body established by the Water Resources Management Act, No. 21 of 2011. WARMA exercises control over all water resources in Zambia as envisioned in the Water Resources Management Act. The Act set out provisions to regulate the use of water in Zambia by considering or issuing of water permits with the exception of international shared water bodies.

WARMA Mandate


To preserve and protect Zambia’s ground and surface water resources and regulate the abstraction, allocation, use, development and management of water resources in a sustainable manner.

Who is Elligible for Water Permits


  • Farmers


  • Hydropower producers


  • Industries


  • Mines


  • Water Utility Companies


Who is exempted


  • Domestic and non-commercial users