Namibia: Government Works With South Africa on Wetlands

9 Apr 2007 by Local Press Report

— The governments of Namibia and South Africa are working together to preserve the wetland areas at the Orange River's mouth. Dawid Boois, governor of Karas, said the countries, which share the river, were also cooperating through the framework of Orasecom, the Orange-Senqu River Commission that includes Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa. In 1995 the Orange River mouth was placed on the registry of wetlands that had experienced severe ecological degradation. Namibia is a member of the Ramsar Convention (the UN Convention on Wetlands of International Importance). The country's wetlands face threats from overuse of plant and animal resources, excessive withdrawal of river and ground water for irrigation, and pollution...

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