Project Profile

Research in Africa

Evaluation of the flow regulation functions of natural ecosystems (wetlands floodplains and forests) in the Zambezi River Basin

Duration : February 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011
(Extended to February 28, 2012)

In this project, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will undertake the following activities:

  1. Scoping study on the state and trends of major ecosystems (wetlands, floodplains and miombo forest) within the Zambezi River Basin, with a view to identifying those factors that contribute substantially to attenuating floods and droughts.
  2. Analyze in detail the role these ecosystems play in attenuating floods and mitigating the magnitude of droughts, and quantify their regulatory function within the basin.
  3. Conceptualize how this evidence on the regulatory role of ecosystems could be considered in the basin-wide ‘floods and droughts decision-support system’ alongside the larger synchronization of study on dams which is underway.
  4. Develop a methodology for capturing the regulatory function of ecosystems into the basin-wide decision support system.
  5. Summarize the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the study paying special attention to highlighting with evidence the regulatory role of ecosystems.
  6. Present the main outcomes of the study to the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) and other stakeholders at a workshop.

Location(s): Ethiopia, South Africa
Project Contact: McCartney, M.
Donor(s): United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)