Okavango facts

The length of the Okavango from its source in the Angola highlands to the mouth at the outer margin of the Delta in Botswana is 1,100 kilometres.

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Dr Ebenizário Chonguiça

Executive Secretary for the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission

Dr Ebenizario Chonguica

Dr Ebenizário Chonguiça was born in 1958 and is from Mocambique. He earned both his Bachelors (1982) and Masters (1985) degrees from the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM). In 1986 he did Post-graduate studies on Land Management and Environment Protection at the Technical University of Dresden in Germany. Eben went on to do a PhD. in Physical Geography majoring in Fluvial Geomorphology at the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, he graduated in 1995. On return to Mocambique he was lecturing at UEM as Assistant Professor in the Geography Department. In 1997 he took the position of Country Representative for IUCN and was responsible for managing IUCN programmes within Mocambique. In 1999 Eben's role was expanded when he became Regional Programme Coordinator for IUCN, Southern Africa, he was then based in Harare, Zimbabwe. He held that post until 2007 when he took the job of Executive Secretary for the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM).

'OKACOM is doing its best to preserve and safeguard the natural resources of the Cubango-Okavango river in an integrated manner.'

As Executive Secretary for OKACOM Eben has participated in many international events concerned with water issues. Recent examples include: 2012 when representing OKACOM at the 15th International River Symposium in Melbourne, Australia. At this conference Eben, together with OKACOM Commissioner Mr. Abraham Nehemia and OBSC representative Ms. Tracy Molefi, were rewarded with the selection of the Okavango-Cubango river basin as one of the 2012 finalists for the prestigious Thiess International Riverprize.

In 2011 Eben was at the World Climate Summit (COP17) in Durban, South Africa where he served as a panelist on a side event entitled ‘Linkages between climate change, security, vulnerability and adaptation: Examples from southern Africa’.  Also in 2011 he was a panelist on a parallel session ‘Governing Water Wisely: Adaptive approaches to water resources management’ during the Stockholm World Water Week.

Eben is married and has two children, a boy and a girl. In his leisure time he enjoys swimming, reading and playing the guitar.

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