Water is a crucial issue in Botswana. Groundwater is unreliable, and much in demand. But the temptation to alleviate this by transferring water from the Okavango Delta could be a big mistake. The move would threaten an ecosystem upon which many people depend for their nutrition, drinking water and building materials. Another issue is who will own the land. While most of Botswana’s grazing land is owned communally, the government would like to increase the area of land that is privately owned, and encourage the farming of game like antelopes and ostriches. Many are sceptical, but local management of game could provide important lessons for grassroots conservation in the future.
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