Mission

The Okavango Wilderness Project (OWP) aims to establish new protected areas within a multi-national UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing the vast Angolan catchment from the Bei Plateau all the way down both sub-catchments (Cuito and Cubango), the Okavango River as it passes through southern Angola and Namibia’s Caprivil Strip, as well as Ngamiland, the region surrounding and including the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Purpose

The Okavango Wilderness Project (OWP) aims to establish new protected areas within a multi-national UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing the vast Angolan catchment from the Bei Plateau all the way down both sub-catchments (Cuito and Cubango), the Okavango River as it passes through southern Angola and Namibia’s Caprivil Strip, as well as Ngamiland, the region surrounding and including the Okavango Delta in Botswana. This will be done through the establishment of ecotourism development as the economic driver for the Kavango Basin with new protected areas and multi-national UNESCO World Heritage Listing. The tourism industry in northern Botswana and specifically the Okavango Delta proves the model, but this industry will collapse without formal protection and ecotourism development in the entire catchment where there is currently only one “partial reserve”. The Okavango Wilderness Project will re-purpose and drive investment into biodiversity conservation and much-needed elephant corridors by minimizing development along the main waterways, removing land mines, establishing new protected areas and developing infrastructure (e.g. access roads and airstrips) that supports ecotourism development.