Friday, May 10, 2013

SAREP Workshop Rundu: Kavango Trans- boundary Management Plan: 6-8 May 2013

Omashare River Lodge,  Rundu
The SAREP (Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program) workshop, that took place  in Rundu from 6 to 8 May 2013 was organised by Dr. Chris Brooks (SAREP Program Coordinator).  Key stakeholders that attended the workshop include representatives from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Namibia, Fisheries in Botswana,  Environment and Fisheries Inspectorate in Angola, University of Namibia, Lodge owners (Okavango), Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) and (National Rresearch Foundation/South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (NRF/SAIAB)

The aim of the proposed Transboundary Fisheries Management Plan for the Okavango Basin is to establish a joint management system to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of the shared fish resources of the Cubango-Okavango River for the benefit of local communities. The Management Plan will therefore provide a foundation for the responsible co-management of shared fish stocks between Angola, Namibia and Botswana in the Cubango-Okavango River basin. In order to to achieve this aim, information on the yield and harvesting patterns used by the subsistence and commercial fisheries, biological and biodiversity data of the fish populations and institutional linkages between scientist in Angola, Namibia and Botswana must be obtained....

The Draft Transboundary Fisheries Managemt Plan for the Okavango Basin is available on request at:

Prof. Paul Skelton (NRF/SAIAB) (L) with the organizer Chris Brooks (SAREP) in the middle with Denis Tweedle  (NNF) to the right

Fransisco de Almeida, Head of Environment and Freshwater Ecosystems and Riverine Ecosystems in Angola. with Dr. Clinton Hay from UNAM to his right and Mark Paxton (Lodge Owner) to his right
Mrs. Victoria Mumba (R) from Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI), Namibia with the Angolan delegation of Mr Alberto Agostinho Domingos and Mr Fransisco de Almeida  to her right
The Botswana delegation

Participants busy with discussions

The following presentations were made:

Denis Tweedle from NNF made a presentation on the Cubango/Kavango/Okavango Transboundary Fisheries Management Plan  




Dr.Clinton Hay made a presentation on  Monitoring Activities, Frame Surveys, Biological Surveys


Participants spend Tuesday afternoon to came up with a draft logical framework to the management plan. 

Time-frame/Way ahead: 


  • Next week 13-17 May 2013: submit comments via email to Dr. Chris Brooks (cbrooks@sarepmaun.co.bw) on draft Transboundary Fisheries Management Plan For The Okavango Basin
  • The final management plan will be sent via email to stakeholders next month (June 2013) including the composition of the Steering Committee
  • Namibia, Botswana and Angola inspectors must liaise on the introduction of the first combined fisheries inspections on the Cubango/Kavango/Okavango river system to start within the next month

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