Funding: USAID
Parnter: Chemonics International
Dates: 2010-2015

Since June 2010 Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) has supported the Southern African Regional Environmental Programme (SAREP) project in the Kavango Region on behalf of the USAID donor contracted consultants, Chemonics – a US-based company.

SAREP's regional objectives are to build capacity for water governance, support basin-level plans and priorities and integrate transboundary infrastructure and land use planning. The project’s programmatic objectives are to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services, increase access to water supply and sanitation, address global climate change and integrate HIV / AIDS prevention and treatment.

The SAREP team works with the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) and regional counterparts such as NNF, to improve trans-boundary natural resource management in the Okavango River Basin. Its technical approach derives from critical and creative thinking about the political economy of the Southern Africa water and natural resources sector; it leverages best practices in community-based natural resource management and capacity building for the supply of safe water and sanitation; and anticipates the increasing need for effective responses to climate-related disasters and water-centred conflicts.

SAREP’s activities are planned to support transformation and strengthen capacity – especially for institutions entrusted with the regional management of important and precious natural resources; communities in Okavango River Basin states, and for the Okavango ecosystems that depend on wise stewardship for survival.

NNF is currently implementing the 4th phase of the Plan Land plus Use System which includes a complete local level plan and water and sanitation activity programmes in the selected communities in the Kavango Region in Namibia - Mupapama-East, Mayana (Rural Rundu) and Mahahe (Mashare cluster), Guma/Kangweru and Shitemo (Ndiyona cluster), Tuguva, Mupapama-West and Tare (Kahenge/Mpungu cluster), and Kasivi and Manyondo (Kapako cluster).

Read more about the SAREP project on the OKACOM website.