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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.

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Okavango Watch

Okavango Watch is your platform for celebrating the Okavango Basin region through photos, stories and updates. We hope you will join us in this journey of discovery as we wend our way through this ecological wonderland, connecting and building a vibrant community united by a shared love for this crucial ecosystem.

The greater Okavango ecosystem faces multiple threats, from water pollution and overuse to chemical fertilizers, to deforestation and unsustainable resource extraction. Okavango Watch will share and examine how these challenges influence each other and support innovative 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!

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