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Water-Related Challenge Costs

Total annual estimated cost to address all water-related challenges: $609,587,161.00

Share of total annual estimated cost to address each individual challenge (2015 $USD):

  • Access to Drinking Water: $271,891,496.00 - [45%]
  • Access to Sanitation: $150,468,503.00 - [25%]
  • Industrial Pollution: $5,593,670.00 - [1%]
  • Agricultural Pollution: $68,771,870.00 - [11%]
  • Water Scarcity: $11,263,762.00 - [2%]
  • Water Management: $101,597,860.00 - [17%]

For more about this data, see information on WRI’s Achieving Abundance dataset here.

Water Challenges

As reported by organizations on the Hub.

Local Water Resource Governance
Upstream Water Issues
Access to Water Supply and Water Services
Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards
Physical water supply
Water Demand and Competition among Users

Country Overview

1.1.2.WATER USE Total water consumption in Namibia was 300 million m3 in 2000. Agriculture was the largest water user, accounting for 213 million m3, of which 136 million m3 was used for irrigation (45 per cent all water used in the country) and the remaining 77 million m3 was used for livestock (26 per cent of all water used). The municipal sector followed with 73 million m3 (24 per cent) and industry with 14 million m3 (5 per cent). The highest consumption of irrigation water was in the Fish and Orange river basins, with 41.5 and 41.0 million m3 respectively. In 2000, 30 million m3 of groundwater was used for irrigation, which is 22 per cent of the total consumption of irrigation.

1.2.WATER QUALITY, ECOSYSTEMS AND HUMAN HEALTH Major environmental problems in Namibia include: limited natural fresh water resources; desertification; wildlife poaching; and land degradation leading to few conservation areas. Namibia’s irrigation schemes have experienced a variety of environmental difficulties. While no figures exist as to the extent of these problems, anecdotal evidence suggests that most are smallscale and manageable. They include soil salinity problems in the Hardap and Aussenkehr schemes; siltation of and reed growth in canals and weed invasion in the Hardap scheme; and soil compaction and runoff problems at the Shadikongoro farm in the Okavango region. Apart from the above, good drainage and/or good quality water leave most schemes trouble-free. For example, although the Naute scheme’s soils are saline, water quality and drainage are good and so leaching effectively deals with salinity. On small-scale groundwater irrigation schemes, it is often found that boreholes with sufficient pressure for irrigation tend to be those with good quality water, and vice versa.

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Organizations in Namibia

#ClearWaterInitiative is an extension of the Fish Foundation Global Nation Foundation's program known as “Transformation of Nations.” It's a clear precise mission and purpose through our unique structured water device providing healthy water that increases oxygen, decrease dehydration restores healthy … Learn More

HYDROC is an association of independent consultants, -scientists and -engineers, providing water-related services through a network of national and international experts. Our concept uses the synergies of our combined expertise for the successful implementation of a variety of projects. Our … Learn More

· Climate change impact risk assessments, strategy, adaptation and proofing · Resilient cities / business · Water resources yield and supply assurance · Hydrology, specialising in Forest Hydrology (Professionally registered) · Flood modelling · Conceptual water supply planning · GIS … Learn More

We are a family of four young graduates that would like to venture into the GREEN SCHEME currently taking place in Namibia.we have all studied abroad and built connections that can help us greatly in our journey. Nelao and brothers … Learn More

Our focus is on designing, manufacturing and supplying sanitation solutions that impact positively on the enviornment and thereby contributing to SDG 6 directly, but indirectly on SDG 3. Our toilet products are designed to operate without water for flushing, and … Learn More

The Water Resilience Coalition, founded in 2020, is an industry-driven, CEO-led coalition of the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate that aims to elevate global water stress to the top of the corporate agenda and preserve the world's freshwater resources … Learn More

Projects in Namibia

-To introduce and establish a new way of growing fruits and vegetables in Namibia -Use new technology to produce high-quality products all year round via climate control equipment -Distribute across the country for lower prices -create employment for the youth … Learn More

Using Namibia's potential for solar energyIn Namibia, the sun shines an average of 10 hours a day � it is one of the sunniest countries on earth and therefore has enormous potential for solar energy. However, the country imports 60 … Learn More

Providing safe and drinking water around the communities with crisis Learn More

Bangladesh is experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in history. Since August 2017, Bangladesh has seen an unprecedented influx of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in MyanmarÕs Rakhine State. Among the nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees now residing in the … Learn More

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