Experts endorse priority interventions for the Molopo-Nossob River Basin

19 January 2010 | News story

IUCN convened experts and government officials from the Molopo-Nossob River Basin to discuss and agree on priority activities to tackle land degradation in the Kalahari-Namib ecosystem and promote joint management involving Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

The meeting that was held from 15 – 17 October 2009 in Pretoria, South Africa was part of the project preparation for the Kalahari-Namib project with a project preparation grant from the Global Environment Facility (through UNEP).

During the meeting, participants reviewed the findings of the national and regional baseline studies, developed the project logframe and agreed on institutional roles and responsibilities. They finally endorsed priority interventions for the Molopo-Nossob River Basin.

The objective of the project is to support communities and policy makers in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa to effectively implement and upscale Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in the Molopo-Nossob catchment area and thereby contribute to the restoration of the integrity and functioning of the entire Kalahari-Namib ecosystem.

The project will enable decision-makers at all levels to modify their responses to desertification through facilitated consultation and integrated learning. This process of interactive learning and action will initially be applied to the integrated management of natural resources, involving key stakeholders in the Molopo-Nossob River Basin.

For more information, please contact jonathan.davies@iucn.org and cathrine.mutambirwa@iucn.org