International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
Mannheim, Germany - September 2001
Legal and Political Aspects of Rainwater Harvesting
Rainwater Harvesting in Zambia - Challenges and Opportunities
Glenda Mulenga Kasuba and Bob Muzyamba
Zambia Rainwater Harvesting Association
Rainwater harvesting in Zambia is a new concept practised by a handful
of farmers in the rural areas. Traditionally, rainwater is harvested either
directly in an open bucket or indirectly through shallow wells dug along
the riverbanks mainly for domestic purposes. Unlike in the past when only
male oriented projects on rainwater where organised, the need to include
women who are indeed the main users of domestic water has been identified.
The needs of women and men regarding water differ vastly in a developing
country where traditions and culture does not recognise the voice and
problems of women. Women like men are fighting to have access to and control
of resources such as water, and to be able to make decisions, both at
community and household levels.
A successful integrated water resource management should call for a
cross sectional approach to the planning, development use and protection
of water resources. Training in rainwater management should take into
consideration the gender differences and inequalities, if development
interventions are to be effective.
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