Okavango sabotage - Showdown in the Delta

The Angolan highlands are the source of the Okavango delta PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
The Angolan highlands are the source of the Okavango delta PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

The future of the country’s top tourism revenue spot and eco-diversity hub, the Okavango Delta, could be at risk as studies suggest countries upstream of the World Heritage Site are diverting the rivers that feed the Delta, cutting its inflows and eroding its tourism value.

The Okavango River basin, stretching from the Angolan highlands through Namibia and on to Botswana is facing an unprecedented disaster, with some environmental analysts already warning that the Okavango Delta is dying.

Reports from the tourism heartland indicate that Angola, where the rivers feeding the Delta originate, is possibly diverting waters for mega-scale agricultural projects, as citizens there have complained that their nation “simply watches” rivers flow by to create millions of pula for Botswana via the Delta tourists.

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