Cuvelai river basin in Angola to be managed in partnership with Namibia

18 April 2013

Management of the Cuvelai river basin, in Angola’s Cunene province, will be managed by a joint commission between Angola and Namibia, the Angolan secretary of State for Water, Luís Filipe da Silva said Wednesday in Ondjiva.

The secretary of state also said that the joint commission would manage the basin based on a shared waterways agreement of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with Angola and Namibia sharing a number of basins, such as the Okavango and Cunene basins.

Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, Luís Filipe da Silva also said that it was important to analyse existing underground water resources, given that the Cuvelai basin is not a permanent one.

Management of the basin will also make it possible to regulate the flow of the river, thus preventing both floods and periods of drought. (macauhub)