Located in the north-eastern part of Namibia, the Okavango River Basin stretches across the entire Kavango Region and parts of Otjozondjupa Region. The basin area is 20 500 km2 and borders on the Bie Plateau in Angola in the north where it is known as the Cubango River and Botswana in the east. The Okavango Basin drainage system lies within the greater Kalahari Basin - a huge but shallow, sand covered depression stretching from the Northern Cape in Southern Africa to just south of the Equator in Gabon. The Okavango River Basin is a trans-boundary river basin involving three countries: Angola, Namibia and Botswana with a population of over 600,000 dependent on the river for their livelihoods. In Namibia the river supports just over 200,000 people. The river supports livelihoods by providing water, food, grazing and tourism for the populations in the three riparian states. Each country has ambitious plans to maximize utilization of the basin resources for economic benefits.

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