Cubango-Okavango River Basin Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis

22 Sep 2011

Angola, Botswana and Namibia are privileged to own one of the world’s great natural treasures, the Cubango-Okavango River system. Rising in Angola as the Cubango, it flows to the confluence with its main tributary, the Cuito River, flowing south and then east between Namibia and Angola. It then flows on into Botswana as the Okavango River. Its waters never reach the sea, and instead spread onto the flat Kalahari sands to form a wetland of global importance – the Okavango Delta.

Our three countries wish to develop some of the water resources of the Cubango-Okavango system for the benefit of our people, but to do this in a way that is sustainable and does not threaten the health of this magnificent river system. To help us plan responsibly, the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) embarked on a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) of the basin between 2008 and 2010, through the EPSMO Project.

Based on a series of specialist country reports, the TDA summarises the present-day Okavango River Basin, its natural environment and people, and then the macro-economic status of the basin and its governance structures. The report points out that the increased demand for domestic water and sanitation is likely to be comparatively small and should be promoted as quickly as possible to enhance quality of life.