Botswana delegation travels to Qatar for Okavango Delta listing verdict   

Tshekedi Khama

Tshekedi Khama

The Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama will on 19th June 2014 lead a delegation to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee 38th Session taking place from 15th -25th June, 2014 in Doha, Qatar.

Botswana is a State Party to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention or the UNESCO 1972 Convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage of outstanding universal value.

“It is at this Session that Botswana in hopeful that its Nomination of the Okavango Delta for World Heritage Listing will be successful,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Nomination was in accordance with Botswana’s obligations to the World Heritage Convention.  It will be voted on by the 21 Members of the World Heritage Committee.

“This is after more than two years of work including most importantly, community consultations of people living around the Okavango delta”.

Listing the Okavango Delta as a World heritage Site will realise international support in the conservation of this important natural resource which supports livelihoods and a booming eco-tourism industry.

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