Okavango Basin
USAID’s regional environment program focuses on protecting biodiversity and improving the management of shared river basins, starting with the Okavango River Basin

USAID Southern Africa Environment Program Highlights

USAID/Southern Africa Regional Environment, Education and Democracy Office supports programs to promote sustainable economic growth in targeted areas by integrating climate change into policy and decision making, and ensuring sound management of transboundary natural resources. In particular, USAID/Southern Africa supports the Global Climate Change (GCC) Presidential Initiative and Congressional Biodiversity and Water earmarks.

Through its environmental programs, USAID enhances resiliency of critical river basins in Southern Africa, improves capacity to cope with climate change, advances environmental innovation and supports low emissions development. 

Programs Enhancing Resiliency of Southern Africa’s River Basins

USAID/Southern Africa improves transboundary management and decision making for water, biodiversity, and associated natural resources resulting in sustainable, equitable and rational use of natural resources to meet human development and ecological needs.  Many countries in the Southern Africa region are either currently experiencing water scarcity or are vulnerable to water stress.  The integrity of ecosystems is under threat, with biological diversity being lost.  Climate change is likely to exacerbate these problems, with the potential to limit economic development in the decades to come.  All major rivers in the region flow across national boundaries and cooperative decision making and management is necessary to conserve biodiversity and ensure equitable and efficient use of water and other natural resources.

USAID/Southern Africa currently works in the Okavango River Basin (including parts of Angola, Botswana and Namibia), the Limpopo River Basin (including parts of South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe), and the Orange-Senqu River Basin (including parts of Lesotho, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia).

Also see: Southern Africans Tackle Poaching:  Conserving wildlife in the Okavango River Basin


Last updated: August 06, 2015

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