Joint management of Lake Niassa
Tuesday, May 07, 2002
Mozambique News Agency
Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania have agreed on the need for joint management of Lake Niassa and of the Shire basin. The three countries all border on the lake, and the Shire river flows out of the lake, through Malawi and Mozambique to the Zambezi.
The three governments have set up a sub-committee consisting of their top water officials. This new body arises from a set of recommendations made at a recent regional seminar on the management of Lake Niassa's water resources, held in Malawi.
The committee has also been charged with drafting a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the use of water resources, particularly on joint management of Lake Niassa. Within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Malawi is in charge of initiatives to implement the protocol on shared watercourses.
During the seminar, a series of projects and activities being undertaken on the lake and in the Shire basin were announced, which are to be followed up by the three countries. These include the improvement and modernisation of the lake's monitoring system, and feasibility studies as to navigation on the Zambezi and the Shire.