The Cuvelai-Etosha Basin (CEB) is a unique ecosystem with an ephemeral river delta and constitutes the drainage system of the Cuvelai system. Surface water in this basin is international water originating from Cuvelai in Angola and reaches as far as Etosha National Park in Namibia, which is a wetland with international importance.In the Biophysical characteristic study that was carried out in 2010/09 estimated the population of the basin at 900 000 people of whom about 760 000 are living in rural areas. It is the most densely populated basin in Namibia and about 40 percent of the Namibian population lives in this area. Drinking water is supplied through the Kunene River while some parts are supplied through ground water. The basin covers the whole of Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto regions, parts of Kunene and Otjozondjupa regions. Based on hydrological characteristics the Cuvel-Etosha Basin is sub-divided into 4 sub-basins: Iishana, Niipele, Olushandja and Tsumeb. The primary function of these Committees is to advise the Ministry of Agriculture, water and forestry in matters of water resources governance (policies, laws and water related development activities) and to promote the concept of Integrated Water Resource Management in all communities of the basin.

 

A Profile and Atlas of Cuvelai-Etosha Basin

While there is often an abundance of water in Cuvelai, droughts occurs and people require supplies of potable water. Water management is therefore a challenge, and this book owes its origins to the project Sustainable Integrated Water Resources Management in the cuvelai-Etosha Basin in the Northern Namibia.

This book focuses mainly on the Namibian part of the Basin, hence the wording Cuvelai-Etosha, while the word Cuvelai on its own reflects reference to the broader shallow bowl and its internal drainage in both countries. In addition to the financial support from the European Union, German government and Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water & Forestry, the complitation of the book has been helped by many people and organizations.