Donor: Global Environmental Facility (GEF)

Project Title: Kalahari-Namib Project: enhancing decision-making through Interactive Environmental Learning and Action in the Molopo-Nossob River Basin in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Focus Area: Land Degradation

Final beneficiaries &/or target groups

Local dryland communities in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

In Botswana the study area comprises five villages; Khawa and BORAVAST (Bokspits, Rappelspan, Vaalhoek and Struizendam).  

In Namibia the study sites are Aminuis and Corridor Post 13 which are in the northern-central areas to the eastern boundary of the Namibian Nossob basin.

In South Africa the study area comprises three project sites which fall within two different district municipalities in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The first project site, the Mier area, falls under the Mier local municipality which forms part the Siyanda District Municipality, while the other two project sites, the Surprise and Khuis study areas, fall under the Joe Morolong local municipality which forms part of the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality.

Executing Agency: IUCN- ESARO (Eastern & Southern Africa Regional Office) in collaboration with Ministry of Environment, Wildlife & Tourism (Botswana), Ministry of Environment & Tourism (Namibia), Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture (South Africa)                             

Implementing Agency: United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)


The Molopo-Nossob River Basin is an ecologically fragile marginal dryland, which continues to experience land degradation, loss of biodiversity and primary productivity. This is mainly a function of inappropriate land use practices, lack of knowledge, limited access to market in some areas, and inappropriate policies.