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Environmental Protection and Sustainable Management of the Okavango River Basin

GEF ID 842
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Region Africa
Sub-Region Southern Africa
Basin Okavango (internal)
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 General Information:
Project Type Full Size Project
Project Status Under Implementation
Start Date 2000/07/01
End Date 2010/07/31
Countries: Angola, Botswana, Namibia
Lead Implementing Agency Food and Agriculture Organization
Other Implementing Agency UNDP
Other Partners Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission
GEF characteristic
Operational Programme EA - International Waters Enabling Activities, OP1 - Arid and Semi-Arid Ecosystems, OP2 - Costal Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, OP8 - Water based Program, EA - Multiple Focal Areas Enabling Activities, OP13 - Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity Important to Agriculture
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Project Stage CEO Endorsed
GEF Allocation to project 6.00 M US$
Total Cost of the project: 7.60 M US$
Project Description:


The Okavango River Basin remains one of the least impacted basins in the African Continent. Mounting socio-economic pressures in the riparian countries could result in irretrievable environmental breakdown and consequent loss of domestic and global environmental benefits. Maintaining these benefits requires agreement over the sharing of both the benefits and associated liabilities through joint management of the basin's water resources. Establishment of the Permanent Okavango River Commission (OKACOM), an advisory body, was a first step in this direction. The project, while strengthening OKACOM and the countries capacity will help remove the barriers still preventing joint agreement on actions to protect the basin’s globally valuable ecosystems by sustainably manage the shared water resources. The project is focusing on reaching a science based diagnostic analysis of the transboundary environmental problems (TDA), as a basis for building consensus among riparians on selected priority actions needed to address these transboundary problems (SAP), including policy, legal and legislative reforms. The proposed actions represent a response to the SADC Protocol and the UN Transboundary Watercourse Convention.



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