The University of Zambia Integrated Water Resources   Management (UNZA IWRM) Centre was established in 2006. It is hosted by the School of Mines at the University of Zambia.
The UNZA IWRM Centre was established as part of the Water Sector Support programme developed by Ministry of Energy and Water Development (MEWD) in collaboration with Royal Danish Embassy (RDE), assisted by consultants, on the basis of the “Identification and Preparation Study of Support to Water Resources Management” carried out in November 2004, and a series of discussions, consultations and  workshops, which have been carried out under the Preparatory Water Sector Programme    Support (PWSPS) from June 2004 through June 2005.

The centre is established in line with the University of Zambia’s motto of “SERVICE AND EXCEL­LENCE” guided by University’s development Mission of “a centre of excellence in higher education for individuals, industry, and society through the provision of quality education, research, and scholarly programmes for strategic human resource development, in order to promote national and regional development, through relevant and appropriate partnerships”.
The Center’s Vision is therefore that of advancing and implementation of IWRM interventions in Zambia and the region through education and training, advanced research and consulting services for a sustainable water sector performance”.

The main objective of the Center’s programme is “to build Capacity in IWRM in Zambia focusing on water resources covering surface and groundwater, employing techniques for assessments, quantifications, quality analysis and modeling e.g. use of remote sensing and GIS. Also improve water sector performance and   ensure that there is sustainable management of the water resources through human resource development and capacity building” with the following specific objectives:
To contribute to capacity building (human resource development, institutional strengthening and polic reform) in the water sector.
To promote and undertake the training of water sector    personnel and trainers in technical, managerial,     economic and social issues to increase performance and productivity.
To develop an independent advisory service to    government, local authorities, private sector and international organizations in management of water and environment.
To develop an information support service for information pertaining to Integrated Water Resource Management.
To promote and undertake applied research in the work place and at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the area of Integrated Water Resource Management and Environment.

Since its inception, the Centre has established the following STRATEGIC LINKAGES and is carrying out the following activities:
1. With support of Danida, the centre will develop multidisciplinary education and training programmes, applied research, consultancy and others services at UNZA;
Support to Post- graduate Courses in IWRM and hydrologeology.
Support to PhD projects.
Support to M..Sc. projects.
Support to tailor – made Courses that are expected to train people in IWRM.

The Following programmes commenced on November 1st November, 2008;
Two PhD Students. The programme is for a period of 4 years i.e. covering eight semesters.
Four Master Students on an MSc sandwich scholarships. The programme is for a period of 2 years i.e. covering four semesters.
In the current set-up the following are earmarked to start:
One year Post-graduate Diploma course in IWRM:  This course is open to graduates with a first degree in sciences,        engineering (B. Sc), and social sciences (B. A) from a recognized university.  The course structure consists of both social and science based modules.
One year Post-graduate Diploma course in Hydrogeology:  This course is open to graduates with a Bachelor of Science or Mineral Sciences degree in geosciences (geology, geochemistry, geophysics etc.) from any recognized university.
In-service courses (including specialized courses):      Continued education or in-service training will be an important activity of the centre, mostly following the principle of demand-driven training and thus developing a database of “targeted” courses.

Applied IWRM Research projects: This will involve carrying out a number of applied research projects, relevant for improved   planning, regulation and allocation of Zambia’s water resources as well as for improved water services delivery. To build human   capacity, each project will be encouraged to include at least one Zambian graduate student working on her/his degree.
2. Institute for Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, ETH-Zürich; Surface Waters – Research and Management, Eawag, Switzerland; UNZA IWRM Centre, University of Zambia      collaborative research on African Dams Project: ADAPT – An Integrated Water Resources Management Study in the Zambezi River Basin carried out by Masters and PhD students from Switzerland and Zambia.
ADAPT Goals and Approach:
Strengthen the interdisciplinary science of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) by creating new models for the real-time control and multi-objective optimization of large hydraulic structures in the Zambezi River Basin (ZRB).
Enhance the data resources and conceptual frameworks to drive and integrate these hydrologic, biogeochemical,   ecological, and socioeconomic models.
Engage in IWRM capacity building through collaboration and exchange with partner institutions in the Zambezi River Basin.
Current studies under ADAPT are focused on Kafue Flat’s large dams – Itezhi-tezhi and Kafue Gorge; and Lake Kariba on Zambezi including the prime wetland of Barotse Basin in western Zambia.

3. The Competing for water: Conflict and Cooperation project – a comparative research programme to establish the nature, extent and intensity of local water conflicts and cooperation and of their social, economic and political impacts through qualitative          inventories and studies by  three Danish partners Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) as the lead, Nordeco and DHI Water and Environment jointly in the five countries Bolivia     Denmark, Mali, Nicaragua, Vietnam, and Zambia.  In Zambia, the collaborative partner is UNZA IWRM Centre and the study is carried out in Namwala District of the Kafue Flats. IWMI, Southern Africa is also participating in the Zambian part of the project.
4. (a)  ACP- EU Cooperation programme in Higher Education (EDU-LINK): a capacity building collaborative programme among University of  Siegen, Germany  Kenyatta  University Nairobi, Kenya; University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,  Makerere University, Kampala Uganda and UNZA IWRM Centre on “University Capacity Development for Integrated Sanitation Management in Eastern and Southern Africa”.  The project develops curricula and university cooperation in “Integrated Sanitation Management”.
(b)  Establishment of Master Programme ‘Environmental Engineering, Monitoring and Management (E²M²) in     Zambia supported by the German Academic Exchange     Service DAAD and co-financed by Universität Siegen;     project period is from 1st January, 2009 to 31st December,     2012. Other collaborator is Copperbelt University.

5. Signed Memorandum of Understanding with University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, Boise State University, Boise, USA, Central State University, Ohio, USA.  The initial focus for Boise State will be on “Partnership for Higher Education Development in Zambia Supporting Sustainable Use and Management of Water Resources, with Emphasis on Groundwater Resources”.  Michigan would like to focus on research on the Zambezi River Basin and sharing of knowledge from their studies on the Great Lakes Region of North America.

Once fully established, the Centre will be involved in consultancy services mainly in IWRM and related fields, and will bid for such services at local, national and international levels.

Because of the cross sectoral and multidisciplinary nature of IWRM, a UNZA IWRM Technical Group (Committee) has been set-up to provide guidance to the Centre.  This Group consists of the following;
At UNZA as a start:
Technical Schools
Prof. I. A. Nyambe, School of Mines, Chair & Coordinator
Dr. E. Phiri – School of Agricultural Sciences
Dr. Z. Phiri – School of Engineering (Civil)
Dr. H. Sichingabula – School of Natural Sciences
Social Sciences Schools
Dr. W. Mafuleka – School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Mr. F. Mudenda – School of Law
Waiting for replacement –  School of Education

At the Royal Danish Embassy
Mrs. C. L. Tembo
Mr. P. Sievers

At Danish Universities
Dr. F. Larsen – GEUS and GeoCentre, Copenhagen,   Denmark
Dr. P.  Bauer- Gottwein – Danish Technical University

At the Ministry of Energy and Water Development (MEWD)
Mr. M. Munumi – Depart. Planning & Information
Mr. H. Chibuye – IWRM Unit, Coordinator

The University of Zambia IWRM Centre is located in Lusaka, the Capital City of Zambia with international and regional routes.  Lusaka connects easily to the capital cities of Lilongwe, Malawi; Harare,    Zimbabwe; and Lubumbashi, Katanga, DR Congo, and Luanda,   Angola with nearly flights every day or 3 times a week.  With this   central location, it is an ideal locality for regional centre or sub-regional centres for water, environment and climate change studies as the centre focus on multi-disciplinary studies.

To assist in student learning as well as for public awareness, the    post-graduate students supported by the Centre introduced a weekly seminar where speakers are sought from the water community and related disciplines in Zambia and abroad.  A schedule is prepared every semester, and presentations are moderated by the students themselves every Friday at 15:30hrs in the School of Mines, Board Room.  If interested please ask for a copy of the schedule or to be included on the emailing list, contact Mrs. Ingrid Mugamya Kawesha. Email:;
Cell: 0977422062

Professor Imasiku A. Nyambe
Coordinator,  UNZA IWRM Centre
c/o School of Mines, University of Zambia,
P.O. Box 32379, Lusaka, Zambia
Phone (Cell): +260 955 79360;  Fax: +260 211 294086

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