Fact Sheet: Southern African Regional Environmental Program - SAREP, June 2013

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CHALLENGE

The Okavango River Basin, one of the world’s largest inland water systems, is a critical shared natural resource for Angola, Botswana, and Nambia, as well as a rich, but fragile, source of biodiversity of international importance. A transboundary approach to resource management and climate resilience is crucial to preserving the basin and providing sustainable and equitable development opportunities.

APPROACH

In partnership with the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) and supporting initiatives of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Chemonics International is implementing the $23 million, 5 year SAREP program to build the capacity of institutions in the three Okavango Basin countries to address threats to ecosystems and biodiversity, improve access to water supply and sanitation, and improve sustainable and climate resilient livelihood opportunities. The program began in July 2010 and will end in June 2015.

OBJECTIVES

1. Preserving Biodiversity – working with OKACOM and governments to identify and address threats to the region’s vast and diverse natural resources.

2. Increasing Access to Water Supply and Sanitation – through a holistic approach addressing aware-ness, governance, infrastructure development, and sustainable management.

3. Improving Incomes through Sustainable and Climate Resilient Livelihood Activities – including ecotourism, conservation agriculture, fisheries, and natural products harvesting and marketing.

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Last updated: July 03, 2013