Brazil: Africans visit on fact-finding mission for hydrographic basin development

9 May 2008

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 9 May – Uan African mission is due Friday to conclude a visit to Brazil to find out more about a sustainable development project for a hydrographic basin and look into potential cooperation in the sector, Brazil’s National Water Agency told macauhub.

Accoridng to Humberto Cardoso, the assistant superintendent of the agency’s Programmes and Projects department, the technical cooperation mission of the Permanent Commission for the Waters of the Okavango River Basin (Okacom), in southern Africa, visited Brazil to analyse the GEF Pantanal/Alto Paraguai project. The mission included representatives from Angola, Namíbia and Botswana.

“The resources used in the project are from the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and it includes a joint action plan with the governments of Paraguay and Bolivia, which are part of the hydrographic basin,” Cardoso said.

The Brazil plan was launched in 2000, when a number of environmental problems were identified in the Alto Paraguai hydrographic basin which includes the Pantanal area of Mato Grosso state (Central-West Region of Brazil).

“The initiative includes three components, which are conservation of water resources, biodiversity and land. With coordination they will make the sustainable development of the region possible,” Cardoso said.

Due to the experience of the National Water Agency in carrying out GEF projects, the African mission has sought to tap the knowledge of the Brazilian specialists for the GEF Okavango project.

The Okavango river, which passes through Angola, Botswana and Namibia floods an area of around 22,000 square kilometres in the Kalahari desert in the rainy season. (macauhub)