Southern Africa Regional Environment Program Performance Evaluation
The Southern Africa Regional Environment Program (SAREP) aims to improve water and sanitation services in the context of addressing threats to ecosystems and biodiversity within shared river basins. It also works to strengthen the ability of countries in the region to adapt to climate change.
This evaluation is on whether the program is meeting these goals, which are the basis of its support for the Southern Africa Development Community.
SAREP focuses primarily on the trans-boundary Okavango River Basin and the Caprivi section of the Zambezi River Basin in Namibia. Activities have also expanded into the neighboring Linyanti-Kwando sub-basin.
The evaluation found mixed results. Up until the end of 2012, 12 of 21 base period targets have been exceeded, one is on schedule and eight are behind schedule.
It has made progress in improving the management of the Okavango River Basin though science-based systems for regional planning. There has been progress in delivering on livelihoods goals and water and sanitation, with some countries performing better than others.
The report includes assessments for all other goals. The only area where it rated poorly was in measuring progress against Millennium Development Goals. It offers recommendations for further improvement, including developing exit strategies for all of its initiatives.