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Namibia joined a workshop in early March to discuss the local and regional implications of listed the famed Okavango Delta ecosystem, tourist attraction and economic resource as a World Heritage Site.
Attendees included government officials from Namibia, Botswana and Angola. Input was delivered by scientists, ecologists, academics and community members. Discussions centred largely on the environmental and economical ramifications of placing the Delta under increased environmebtal and cultural management, as well as the potential administrative complexities of working with three countries to list the delta as a World Heritage Site.
Based on the initial proposal by the government of Botswana, a nomination dossier was prepared and submitted to the UNESCO (World Heritage Centre) for consideration.
The African World Heritage Fund and heritage experts from the region were also present at the workshop.
Compiled from press releases issued by http://www.awhf.net/?p=1212 and http://www.chemonics.com