The southern Africa countries of Angola, Namibia, and Botswana suffer from frequent floods and debilitating droughts, and too many people live in extreme poverty and have limited access to adequate water and sanitation services.
The USAID Southern African Regional Environmental Program (SAREP) addressed these issues by improving the water supply and sanitation services, as well as conserving biodiversity within the Okavango River Basin, which supports the livelihoods of more than 880,000 people.
Chemonics worked with the Southern Africa Development Community and the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission to implement strategies that integrate biodiversity protection, increase access to water supply and sanitation, focus on global climate change, and improve HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
For communities surrounding the Okavango River, the program provided easier access to clean water and reduced contamination. This not only ensured better environmental management, but also led to better farming techniques and new employment opportunities.
- Improved access to water for more than 30,000 people across the Cuando-Okavango River Basin.
- Increased economic benefits from sustainable natural resource management and conservation
- Supported four organizations and institutions in increasing their adaptive capacity to respond to climate change.
- Strengthened institutional capacity for basin resource management in the context of global climate change.
- Brought more than 13 million hectares of biologically important land under improved management.
Project Duration: 2010 - 2016