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Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM)

Website: http://www.okacom.org/

In response to the acknowledged need to minimize negative impacts on the unique Okavango river system, while assuring satisfaction of the legitimate social and economic needs of the riparian states, the three Okavango Basin states Angola, Botswana and Namibia signed an agreement in 1994 that formed the Permanent Okavango River Basin Commission (OKACOM).

OKACOM is a regional, high-level committee that aims at managing the water resources of the Okavango River system in appropriate and sustainable ways and that fosters co-operation and co-ordination between the three Basin states. Its role is to anticipate and reduce unintended, unacceptable and often unnecessary impacts that occur due to uncoordinated resources development. To do so it has developed a coherent approach to managing the river basin. That approach is based on equitable allocation, sustainable utilisation, sound environmental management and the sharing of benefits.

Administrative Address:
OKACOM Secretariat
Executive Secretary: Dr Eben Chonguica
P.O. Box 35, Airport Industrial
Maun, Botswana

Phone: (267) 680 0023
Fax: (267) 680 0024
Email: ebenc@okacom.org

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