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Enhancing Decision-making through Interactive Learning and Action in the Molopo-Nossob River Basin in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

The team set out to conduct the baseline study for the Namibia area of the Nossob-Molopo River Basin. The baseline study involved using existing literature, local knowledge, and an analysis of the current/baseline scenario. The overall project aims to enhance decision-making through interactive learning and action in the Molopo-Nossob River Basin toward sustainable land management. 

The Kalahari-Namib project is dealing specifically with joint management to combat desertification at all levels from regional to national government to communities. Active participation of all decision-makers responsible for the joint management of natural resources is a prerequisite for sustainable development. This includes the involvement of all stakeholders, decision makers and policy makers, within and between all three countries. The approach to be used is a trans-boundary, basin-wide, cross-sectoral approach, based on a sound knowledge of the biophysical and socio-economic characteristics of the basin, and involving key stakeholders from all decision making levels. The project will also remove barriers at regional level to sharing of experiences and up-scaling of sustainable land management practices throughout the Kalahari-Namib ecosystem. In support of this view, the interventions of this project will focus on decision-makers (including land users and local people) at all levels and use of Interactive Environmental Learning and Action approach.

 Initial studies were undertaken in 2009 during the project development phase to inform the project document. National Inception meetings were also conducted between June and July 2011 in each of the Kalahari Namib Project countries where the 2009 studies were reviewed and gaps identified. The baseline assessments will therefore build on the existing studies that were undertaken in 2009 and the outcomes of the national inception meetings.

IECN team conducted a bio-physical and socio-economic baseline of land condition in the Nossob basin.  Community meetings and PRA workshops were also conducted in Aminius and Korridor Post 13. For Namibia, the Kalahari Namib project is being implemented by UNEP and executed by IUCN ESARO (Eastern & Southern Africa Regional Office) in collaboration with Ministry of Environment & Tourism (Namibia) through the Country Pilot Project (CPP). The project is financed by the Global Environment Fund (GEF) through UNEP. Over the coming four years targeted support interventions will be implemented with local farmers. 


Project title:

 Establishing the national baseline for 'Enhancing decision-making through interactive environmental learning and action towards sustainable land management in the Molopo-Nossob River basin in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa


Land Management


International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) 


Duration of project:

02/2012 - 05/2012