Monday, January 30, 2012
Botswana: World Heritage Delta
According to Pete Hancock of BirdLife, Botswana, plans to get the Okavango Delta listed as a UNESCO World Heritage are well under way. A committee comprising Bird Life Botswana, Government departments, the Okavango Research Institute and the Botswana Tourism Board is producing an extensive dossier that outlines why the unique region qualifies as being of "outstanding universal value". In the course of this preparatory, its members have been consulting with communities in the Delta and in neighbouring Angola and Namibia. It is hoped that enough support will be garnered to achieve a serial listing of the entire Okavango Basin, as is happening with the inscription of the Great Rift Valley in East Africa.