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Environmental Policy Strategy

Policy issue Policy Statement Policy Strategy
Responsible water resource management WUC recognises that water is a limited and essential resource throughout Botswana and is committed to reducing negative impacts on both the quality and quantity of this resource through integrated water resource management.
  • Need to view all water as a part of the greater up and downstream water cycle taking all water needs into account.
  • Establish a water use hierarchy emphasizing efficiency, recycling, treatment of effluent.
  • Align the integrated strategy with the DWA and NCSA strategies and tourism and amenity strategies.
  • Check and balances through monitoring and measurement of quality, release rates, abstraction rates, storage levels.
Impacts on communities and ecology WUC has widespread water storage, treatment and supply infrastructure and is committed to operating this infrastructure in a manner that does not detrimentally impact on surrounding and downstream communities and the ecology.
  • Implementation, monitoring and reporting of mitigation and rehabilitation measures including erosion control, landscaping and preservation of archaeological resources.
  • Managing barriers created by infrastructure and in particular the pipeline, through communication and establishment of procedures. These include barriers to transport, sand supply, fish populations and development in general
  • Putting a programme in place to deliver benefits, where reasonably practicable, to affected communities.
  • Establish a warning system for potentially affected down stream communities
Environmental management framework and continual improvement WUC will provide a framework for setting and reviewing its environmental objectives and targets by implementing and maintaining an environmental management programme in accordance with the ISO14001 standard for the purpose of achieving continual improvement in its environmental management.

Establishing the EMP in accordance with the ISO14001 standard including:

  • defining a policy,
  • identifying key environmental aspects,
  • establishing objectives, targets and actions,
  • setting clear environmental roles and responsibilities,
  • implementing training and awareness programmes
  • drafting both system and operational procedures,
  • monitoring performance, and reviewing the EMP on a regular basis.
Pollution prevention WUC is committed to the prevention of pollution.
  • Integrate pollution prevention strategies with DWA’s and DSWM’s strategies.
  • Prevent pollution at source.
  • Establish a pollution protection zone for the Letsibogo dam system.
  • Maintain outflows for the purpose of pollution dilution in the downstream river.
Waste management WUC is committed to responsible waste management.
  • Measure, monitor and reduce potential pollution sources. In particular treatment of by-products, and other operational waste.
  • Correct disposal
Legal compliance WUC will comply with all applicable environmental law as a minimum and applicable environmental best practices as identified by WUC from time to time.
  • Establish and update a legal register to identify all environmental law applicable to the organisations activities
  • Achieve compliance with these laws
  • Set up the parameters for identifying other relevant standards according to best practice
Communication and training Identification and management of significant environmental risks will be achieved through transparent communication with all stakeholders and through training of all employees.
  • Set up appropriate forums for information sharing with affected parties. As few entry points as possible.
  • Training and awareness programmes appropriately designed for all levels within the organisation