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The Ministers of Water for Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) agreed that Botswana represent ORASECOM as President of African Network for Basin Organisation (ANBO), this agreement was done in March 2013. In this regard, ORASECOM-Botswana Commissioner, Ms. Tracy Molefi is President of ANBO.

ANBO was established in July, 2002 and its membership is open to all basin/lake organizations and government entities of Africa in charge of water resource management. Other members assume observer status such as civil society organizations and International Cooperating Partners supporting integrated and sustainable water river management at river and lake basin level in Africa.  

The current structure of ANBO includes the General Assembly, comprising of all members and chaired by ANBO President. The Coordination Bureau comprises of ANBO President, ANBO Permanent Secretariat, AMCOW representative and representation of the five regions of Africa.  It is governed by the ANBO Statutes of 2007.

The head office of the Secretariat of ANBO is in Dakar, Senegal hosted by the Organisation pour la mise en valeur du fleuve Senegal (OMVS). The Presidency of ANBO is on rotational basis within the members.

To date, ANBO has undertaken activities in line with the African Water Vision 2025.  In responding to AMCOW intent for ANBO to assume responsibility for Trans boundary water resources management, the need to programmatically and institutionally strengthen ANBO became eminent.

A three year project “Strengthening the Institutions for Transboundary Water Resources Management in Africa “(SITWA) with support from European Union and GWPO was therefore conceived in 2012.

Strengthening the Institutions for Transboundry Water Management in Africa will assist in transforming ANBO into a strong institution under the AU and AMCOW framework. This institution will supports the development of lake and river basin organizations as catalysts for policy and institutional development, knowledge and information management and capacity development on Transboundary water management and development.

The African continent has the highest number of Transboundary river basins that collectively cover 64% of Africa’s surface area and contains slightly over 93% of Africa surface water resources. It is with this understanding that after the adoption of the 2025 Africa Water Vision, the African Union (AU) in 2000 called for creation of   a “Federation of African River and Lake Basin Organizations”. The aim was to develop a common approach to the management of Transboundary waters.

In response to this, African Minister’s Council on Water (AMCOW) endorsed the move to adopt the African Network for Basin Organization (ANBO) to provide this common platform.

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