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Okavango facts

The Cubango-Okavango Catchment is 413,550 square km, plus the Delta, an additional 15,844 km, which is part of the surrounding dry Makgadikgadi Basin of 725,293 square km.

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National Action Plans ( NAPs )

National Action Plans (NAPs) for Angola, Botswana and Namibia identify priority problems and interventions based on the Cubango-Okavango Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis and aligned with the Cubango-Okavango Strategic Action Programme (SAP). The NAPs are strategic implementation plans for the national part of the river basin, endorsed at political level.

Mr. Armindo M. Gomes da Silva and Vice Governor Veronica Mutango Adolfo shaking hands after the SAP NAP Consultation Meeting, Menongue, Angola, March 2010.
Mr. Armindo M. Gomes da Silva and Vice Governor Veronica Mutango Adolfo shaking hands after the SAP NAP Consultation Meeting, Menongue, Angola, March 2010.
The Cubango-Okavango Strategic Action Programme is supported at national level by the respective National Action Plan (NAP) of each basin state, making the NAP a critical tool for the implementation of SAP priority actions at national level and the integration of transboundary and basin concerns into national legislative, policy and budget decision making processes. The National Action Plans (NAPs) represent an awareness of and commitment to enhanced sustainable management of water resources by the basin states. It is critical that all states continue to make further steps towards improved stewardship of all natural resources at the national level, with the confidence that even the smallest action can lead to large improvements when taken collectively.

While the NAPs feed into the SAP, they are also cohesive, independent documents which detail national objectives, targets and interventions to be achieved. They have common guidelines and, like the SAP, will be implemented in two separate five‐year periods and will be reviewed every five years. Implementation of the NAPs moves forward independently of the SAP process but their updating shall be undertaken concurrently with the SAP.

The basin states have ensured and will continue to ensure that the NAP and SAP content, policy and measures, are coordinated and consistent with those developed across the sectoral ministries. The NAP consultation process leading to endorsement was designed to ensure all key government stakeholders are consulted fully and in a timely way to ensure integration. In preparing the NAPs the basin states referred to existing development and environment plans and it has been stressed that each riparian state should ensure that its body of laws and regulations is fully coordinated and supportive of environmental policies developed through the SAP.

Angola NAP (PAN)

Botswana NAP

Namibia NAP

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