Story Map: Ecosystem services in the Cubango / Okavango river basin

Story Map: Ecosystem services in the Cubango / Okavango river basin

Estimates by Alyward (2009) show that 380 000 people derive direct livelihood support from the Cubango/ Okabango River Basin. Much of the direct livelihood support is derived through the benefits obtained from wetlands and floodplain systems. As such, it is notable that such benefits increase as the wetlands increase in area and as they diversify from a riparian system to open wetland and floodplain systems.
The active drainage part of the Cubango/ Okavango River Basin consists of the area drained by the Cubango, Cutato, Cuchi, Cuelei, Cuebe and Cuito rivers in Angola; the Okavango river in Namibia and Botswana; and, the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
The inactive drainage sections of the Cubango/ Okavango River Basin includes the Omatako Omuramba ephemeral rivers in Namibia, as well as the areas that drain the outflows from the Okavango Delta into the Makgadikgadi Pans. The Nata river, draining the western parts of Zimbabwe, also joins the Makgadikgadi Pans.