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) is addressing 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 works 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 provides easier access to clean water and reduces contamination, opening the door to better farming techniques and new employment opportunities while ensuring better environmental management.
- Improved cooperative management of shared river basin
- Enhanced monitoring and protection of biodiversity and ecosystems services
- Increased access to safe water supply and sanitation
- Strengthened institutional capacity for basin resource management in the context of global climate change
- Improved and regional, national, and local development planning capacities around river basins, which integrates HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment