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Lake Tanganyika Basin Water Resources Management

Our Role

SMEC is preparing the Integrated Water Resources Management and Development Plan for the Lake Tanganyika including all studies, consultations and modelling.

SMEC’s scope of work includes:

  • Water resources mapping
  • Hydrological and groundwater modelling
  • Assessment of water quality, river health, and terrestrial ecology
  • Water demand analyses
  • Climate change assessment
  • Management and development of transboundary waters
  • Sector and thematic basin management plans
  • Development of an implementation and action plan
  • Institutional, policy, and legal framework
  • A flood management study
  • Capacity building and knowledge transfer.

Project Overview

The Government of Tanzania is implementing the Water Sector Development Program (2006-2025) which has among its objectives the development of a basin-wide Integrated Water Resources Management and Development (IWRMD) Plan for the Lake Tanganyika Basin.

The IWRMD Plan will safeguard the basin’s water resources and establish a framework to improve the livelihood of people living in the basin. The Plan will also promote equitable, efficient, environmentally sound and socially sustainable water resources development.

Lake Tanganyika is the second largest (by volume), second deepest, and longest freshwater lake in the world with length 650 km and width 50 km at widest point. The Lake Tanganyika Basin covers an area of about 250,000 km2.

Major water use in the basin includes agriculture, horticulture, domestic water supply, irrigation, livestock, fisheries, and industry.

Technical Area:
Government of Tanzania

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