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ZAMDO 2017

July 31, 2017

ZAMDO 2017

Zambezi Dam Operators (ZAMDO) Figure 1: The 25th JOTC and 15th ExCo of ZAMDO was held on the 30th- 31st May, 2017 at Protea Hotel, Livingstone. WARMA hosted the 25th session of...

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Hon. Minister for Water Development, San…

February 16, 2017

Hon. Minister for Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection calls for modernization of hydrological and meteorological services to enhance service delivery

   Hon. Kaziya making a presentation during the Africa Hydromet event panel discussion at COP 22 Hon. Lloyd Kaziya M.P, Minister for Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection called for modernisation of...

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June 2, 2016


The Minister of Local Government and Housing, Honourable Stephen Kampyongo, has launched the 2015 Urban and Peri-Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Report. The Honourable Minister of Local Government and Housing...

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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