Okavango facts

Within the Cubango-Okavango Catchment, Angola accounts for 200,192 (48%) square km, Namibia 153,783 (37%) square km, and Botswana 59,575 (15%) square km.

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Cubango Okavango River Basin Water Audit Project (CORBWA)

Cubango Okavango River Basin Water Audit Project (CORBWA)
OKACOM's Water Audit project looks at how existing basin data can provide decision makers with a comprehensive set of policy options to better cope with water scarcity.

What is water auditing? Economic accounting for water - EAW - is a process of systematically measuring the contribution of water to the economy as well as the impact of economic activity such as agriculture, mining, and industry on water resources through abstraction and pollution. The advantage of water audit is its flexibility and ability to deal with qualitative and quantitative data. The advantage of Economic Accounting for Water is that it is more closely linked with 'hard core' economic development planning.

This project ran from November 2010 to December 2012, it was coordinated by OKACOM′s Secretariat and supported through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The CORBWA project highlighted that, although a significant amount of land and water resources data had been collected during the EPSMO project and the Transboundary Diagnostic Assessment (TDA), more still needs to be done to facilitate access to that information.Part of the CORBWA project made the EPSMO land and water database available on FAO geospatial data catalogue (Go to: http://www.fao.org/geonetwork/srv/en/main.home and type 'EPSMO data' in the 'what' field). CORBWA also commissioned specific studies on data availability and gaps and how to best structure a shared database system.

Contact details:

Dr Ebenizário Chonguiça,
Executive Secretary,
OKACOM Secretariat
Tel: +267 680 0023
Email: ebenc@okacom.org


Dr Jaap Arntzen,
Project Coordinator,
Centre for Applied Research
P.O.Box 70180
Gaborone, Botswana
Phone/fax: +267 390 3401
Cell: +267 72 141 259
Website: www.car.org.bw

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