Zebra in the jungle, an ancient tableau revealing nature's enduring history through black and white stripes

The Okavango watershed and ecosystem is at a crossroads.

With a warming climate and growing pressure on land, water and wildlife, its future is uncertain. Yet it is one of the most important river catchments in Africa. Nearly a million people-from cattle herders to fisherfolk and small scale farmers-rely on it for their food, water and livelihoods, making it a vital ecosystem whose resources must be protected for future generations. Okavango Watch aims to help do just that.

Graceful antelope sprinting by the river's edge, embodying the wild beauty of nature

Okavango Watch

Specifically, it aims to be both a place to share and celebrate the Okavango Basin region with photos, stories, news and facts while also lending a voice to support the life and resources here.

The greater Okavango ecosystem faces multiple threats, from water pollution and overuse of chemical fertilizers to deforestation and unsustainable resource extraction. Yet each is usually examined and confronted in isolation. Okavango Watch will share these challenges so that they can be better understood and highlight and support some innovative and sustainable solutions to them.

For instance, many of the people here who rely on the area’s abundant wildlife have come together to drive forward some of the most exciting community-based natural resource management systems in the world. But when their efforts are hindered, Okavango Watch can help by providing a platform to share and amplify perspectives and problems so that they can be addressed.

Okavango Watch is you. It is everyone who loves this wild and crucial ecosystem. Together we can help secure it, create good paying and sustainable jobs, and keep this green, verdant and wild landscape in the desert a beacon of hope for everyone around the world to learn from, and enjoy!