Save the Okavango Delta

Ein Gastbeitrag von FrackFreeNamibia, fridaysforfuturewhk, Eden Namibia und Extinction Rebellion.

We are the youth, safeguarding our future. Preventing even more interest of fossil fuel ecocidal giants in Namibia if shale IS discovered.

  1. A Canadian and US company, #ReconAfrica has snuck past our doors,  and brought with them potential environmental destruction to our pristine ecosystems in the Kavango.
  2. They have come to exercise their addiction to fossil fuels. With plans to scout and drill for oil and gas on our lands. Keep the oil in the ground!
  3. ReconAfrica’s license overlaps with the KAZA Transfrontier Park,six locally managed wildlife reserves and a UNESCO world heritage site. 
  4. The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area,  is home to the largest herd of African elephants left on earth.

 Endangered African wild dogs, populations of lions, leopards, giraffes, birds and rare  flora will be affected

  1. Oil and gas explorations will hinder the local conservation and climate change adaptation efforts.
  2. The exploration license extends across the home territory of San peoples the First Nations of Namibia and Botswana. They were ghosted throughout the process. Amplify their voices. 
  3. Namibia has signed the Paris Climate Accords. The emissions from the “explorations” will undermine our international commitments.

The Okavango Basin is an endorheic basin that covers an area of over 2.5 million km2 across three countries: Namibia, Angola and Botswana. The basin, which includes the Okavango Delta, is one of Africa’s most biodiverse habitats home to a myriad of bird and megafauna species including the largest African elephant population left on the planet. The delta, a Ramsar and UNESCO World Heritage Site, remains one of the largest intact wetlands with nearly 1 million people dependent on the Okavango basin for their livelihoods. The permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) established by the 3 countries is responsible for the sustainable management of this keystone conservation area. Recon Africa plans on taking this away from all of us because of profits over lives

CONSEQUENCES

  1. Our ecosystem will be destroyed by a Canadian Company that harvests the 90% of the profits. 
  2. #ReconAfrica is limiting our already declining global carbon budget. And crippling the global efforts to move away from fossil fuels. We should not allow them to destroy such a globally important conservation area, under the guise of economic development.
  3. Oil and gas extraction is a menace to wildlife. Loud noises, human movement and vehicle traffic from drilling operations can disrupt avian species’ communication, breeding and nesting. 
  4. The infrastructure built for energy development can also get in the way; powerlines, wellpads, fences, and roads fragment habitats for many species.
  5. The construction of roads, facilities and drilling sites known as well pads requires the use of heavy equipment and can destroy big chunks of pristine wilderness. 
  6. The damage is often irreversible.
  7. Transporting the oil rig will destroy our roads. Ample of evidence from abroad how heavy equipment by the oil and gas industry has impacted road infrastructure and led to deadly accidents.
  8. Our Tourism industry will be shaken and thousands of people might not only lose their jobs but their investments as well! Who wants to go on safari in a landscape decorated with oil wells?
  9. The underground water will not only be polluted but also depleted. How do we justify giving an overseas company unbridled access to our most precious resource? 
  10. It will increase food insecurity in the country, as water is the life source of communities in the Kavango

QUERIES

  1. Help stop neo-colonialist and capitalist expansion into the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. Do not let history be repeated with the destruction of the Niger Delta.
  2. On one hand we are served with idleness and denial from our government  and on the other, the company #ReconAfrica nonchalantly expresses its eagerness, plans and as well as already scouting for investors for oil and gas development in the Kavango. Who do we believe?
  3. A government that has let the nation down before with natural resource mismanagement? or a company greenwashing their addiction to oil with construction of wells for the affected communities. The communities never asked for wells.
  4. The natural economy does not belong to the Namibian government, it belongs to the Namibian people. And the people were not consulted in this decision
  5. This deal will not benefit the nation. The 10% Namibian shareholding  will not reach the communities.
  6. Our investigations have not seen any plans for exploration waste removal, and thus, leads us to question the environmental impact and responsibility even in the aftermath.

CLOSE 

  1. Our current economic woes do not justify the selling out of Kavango land, ecosystems, and livelihoods of the people. 
  2. Protect the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. 
  3. Fight with us by sharing our petitions, and tell the Namibian and Canadian governments that this is unacceptable.
  4. #ReconAfrica claims that it will be drilling 1000s of wells into our land. First the colonialists stole our land, now big oil and gas is in cahoots with our government to take our land again!

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1 Kommentar

  1. Bitte, bitte, helfen Sie uns diese Katastrophe zu verhindern.Diese Bohranlage ist am 17.Nov.aus Houston verschifft worden.Wir versuchen hier von Namibia aus,dieses Projekt zu stoppen,aber diese Öllobby ist stark.

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