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Okavango Delta placed on World Heritage List

Anson Mackay and Tom Davidson explain why

Okavango Delta placed on World Heritage List

On 22nd June, UNESCO announced that the Okavango Delta in Botswana was made their 1000th site on the World Heritage List*.

Professor Anson Mackay (UCL Geography) and Dr Tom Davidson (Aarhus), who led a Darwin-funded project on aquatic biodiversity in the Delta between 2006 and 2009, have written an article for The Conversation about why the Okavango Delta deserved this recognition:

http://theconversation.com/botswanas-okavango-delta-a-unique-desert-thats-wet-and-a-worthy-unesco-addition-28476

* The UNESCO citation explains: The delta in northwest Botswana comprises permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains. It is one of the very few major interior delta systems that do not flow into a sea or ocean, with a wetland system that is almost intact. One of the unique characteristics of the site is that the annual flooding from the river Okavango occurs during the dry season, with the result that the native plants and animals have synchronised their biological cycles with these seasonal rains and floods. It is an exceptional example of the interaction between climatic, hydrological and biological processes. The Okavango delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammal, such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion.

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