Cuando River Basin 2021 Report Card

The Cuando River Basin Report Card is part of a larger project, “Water Partnership for a Resilient Cuando Basin”, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and supported by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) and the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA).

The Cuando River Basin Report Card began with a stakeholder workshop that took place from 9–11 March 2020 in Kasane, Botswana. More than 35 diverse stakeholders from 19 institutions came together at this workshop to conceptualize the river basin, create a shared vision, and discuss indicators for the Cuando River Basin Report Card.

The report card aims to strengthen transboundary water governance and inclusive decision-making mechanisms across the four countries (implementing states) that the basin traverses: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia.

Without a shared transboundary vision that balances the needs of people and the environment, these pressures could result in negative impacts to the basin and the people who live within it.

This work will ultimately help ensure inclusive and sustainable water resource management and increased water security for the benefit of people and ecosystems in the Cuando River Basin, and downstream in the Zambezi Basin.