Govt Seeks to Nominate ChobeLinyanti for Listing

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Botswana is considering to nominate ChobeLinyanti natural site for possible listing as one of the World Heritage sites.

The ChobeLinyanti area is one of the most distinct ecosystems in Africa and probably one of the world’s last true remaining wilderness areas. Most parts of the area such as the Linyanti and Selinda reserve are still intact as they are the least visited and found in the most pristine corners of Botswana.

The ChobeLinyanti area represents significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of fresh water and communities of plants and animals.

Although a final decision has not been made yet regarding whether to propose the site for the nomination. In an interview with the director of National Museum and Monument, Mr Gaogakwe Phorano said currently some experts in natural conservation and other stakeholders such as Okavango Research Institute are undertaking a research to establish if the site meets the requirements for nomination.

He said they have identified about six sites for possible nomination but they thought of the ChobeLinyanti because the investigations carried indicated that the site has no developments and it has the same features as the Okavango Delta which has been listed as World Heritage Site.

Mr Phorano said they thought of ChobeLinyanti site after the World Heritage Committee aised countries to submit natural heritage sites. “I believe the site has what it takes to be listed for the World Heritage Sites as it has an outstanding universal value,” he added.

Mr Phorano said they are in the process to engage all stakeholders for the much needed support towards the nomination of the site.

He said the inscription of the sites on the World Heritage list requires commitment by the state party to protect the outstanding universal value. He requested the support of Botswana National Commission UNESCO Office, African World Heritage Fund, IUCN and the World Heritage Centre in making that a reality.

Meanwhile, Botswana hosted a five day World Heritage Nomination workshop in Maun which attracted participants from countries such as Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Zambia and Eritrea.

The purpose of the workshop was to streamline nomination files being submitted by State Parties in order to address the gaps as identified by the World Heritage Committee and Aisory Bodies.

Resulting from the exercise, Africa is expected to submit credible nomination files thereby increasing the probability of the proposed sites being inscribed.

Speaking during the official closing of the workshop, Mr Phorano said the workshop came at the right time when Botswana has just successfully listed the Okavango Delta as one of the World Heritage Sites whose outstanding universal value is anchored on the exceptional natural beauty and hydrological processes.

He reiterated the government’s commitment towards the protection and conservation of Okavango Delta and to ensure that communities living in and around and any other heritage site benefit from sustainable initiatives that would improve their livelihoods.

Mr Phorano said as a result of the successful inscription of the delta, the government was planning a series of activities to commemorate the achievement.

The director also informed the gathering that in the process of nominating the Okavango Delta, the State Party was faced with the challenges of balancing conservation and development in view of the socio-economic agenda of the country.

He said there was a need to consider the issue when nominating sites in the future.

“As the state party to the World Heritage Convention, we are committed to sustainable and inclusive management for heritage sites hence the 100 monuments development programme which we are implementing”, he added.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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