Friday, September 18, 2009

Rovuma Basin stakeholders visit to Okavango

Rovuma Basin visitors with Etsha basket weavers

Ten Mozambican stakeholders from the Rovuma River Basin, shared by Tanzania and Mozambique, visited HOORC yesterday as part of a week long exchange trip to Botswana's Okavango River Basin. Hosted by the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) Secretariat in Maun, and guided by an Every River Has its People team, the delegation travelled with Botswana country members of the Okavango’s Basin Wide Forum to villages in the Okavango Panhandle to learn how local people who depend on the river for their livelihoods are participating in its planning and management. Later this year, their Batswana travelling companions will pay a return visit to the Rovuma River Basin in Mozambique where a similar transboundary river basin management programme is underway with Tanzania. The exchange is supported by the German development assistance organization, InWent, whose training programmes in sustainable development have recently focused on transboundary river basins in southern Africa.

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