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Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a World Heritage Site, is under threat
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Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a World Heritage Site, is under threat

Patches of ground surrounded by water


Five African countries joined hands to defend the Okavango Delta region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Botswana.

Transnational Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area or KAZA is famous for its biodiversity, unique landscapes, and wildlife. The area is home to over 500 bird species as well as many mammals such as elephants. Wild dogs can be found in the area.

Many large rivers feed the delta. Because border fences were removed in many locations, wild animals are now able to migrate along the same routes as before.

This allows African elephants more space and makes conflicts with humans less common. In addition to national parks, there are also so-called “conservancies” in the protected area where people live. These locals are involved in the conservation measures and are supported in developing ecotourism. The German government is involved in supporting KAZA through the Reconstruction Loan Corporation (KfW).

The nature reserve is in danger. Recon Africa, a Canadian company has begun drilling in Namibia for oil and gas. Further oil production is planned in Botswana.

Environmentalists warn that there could be serious consequences for our ecosystem. Heavy traffic and oil well drilling are likely to significantly pollute the waters. International and local nature conservation groups are calling for an immediate halt to drilling.

Julia Mielke films


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