Women farmers at CuveWaters pilot location in Epyeshona, Namibia.
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An interdisciplinary research approach to sustainable resource management (IWRM) has succeeded in establishing a multi-resource mix for water use for the population of the Namibian Etosha basin which can permanently improve the living conditions of the people in the project region. The results have been published in a book.

Making sustainable use of different water sources in one of the world’s most arid regions – the goal of a German-Namibian project “CuveWaters”. Under the leadership of the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE), scientists in various disciplines worked with institutional partners and the inhabitants of the Cuvelai-Etoscha basin from 2004 to 2015 on solutions for improved water availability. The results of this interdisciplinary research process have now been published in an English-language compendium.

“CuveWaters: Integrated Water Resources Management in Central Northern Namibia (Cuvelai Basin) in the SADC Region” shows ways of combining science, technology and society to establish a so-called multi-resource mix for water use which can sustainably improve living conditions for people in the project region. The book also presents a model interdisciplinary research process, from the establishment of a joint research object through development and piloting of individual lines of technology to communication and dissemination of integrated water resource management (IWRM).

Water for all and for every purpose

The integrated approach described in the book enabled the CuveWaters research association to supply water in different qualities for different purposes, which also contributed to food security, waste water disposal and hygiene.

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