LIFE

De Beers and National Geographic partner in Africa

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Jewellery group De Beers is teaming up with National Geographic to launch Okavango Eternal, a strategic conservation partnership to protect the source waters of the Okavango Delta in Africa and the lives and livelihoods they support. It is also a crucial inward investment that will support the region’s resilience and long-term recovery in the coming years.

The Okavango Basin, spanning southern Angola, eastern Namibia, and northern Botswana, is the main source of water for the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta, located in northern Botswana is one of Africa’s most important ecosystems. It is home to the largest remaining elephant population, as well as wild dogs, wild lions, and hundreds upon species of birds.

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De Beers and National Geographic will work together by providing support, expertise and funding to expand and accelerate work already underway, to help establish sustainable local livelihoods in harmony with the Okavango Basin’s conservation. The future of this fragile ecosystem will depend on how we treat it in the years ahead. This will impact its health for future generations, as well as its wildlife and people. We have one last chance to protect this natural wonder, and we are happy to partner with De Beers in this crucial project,” Dr. Steve Boyes (National Geographic Explorer) said in a statement. He is also the leader of National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project. “We will work together to increase the effectiveness of our collective resources and facilitate long-term sustainable management in this region. This includes establishing and strengthening partnerships between local governments, NGOs and communities.”

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Bruce Cleaver, chief executive, De Beers Group, added: “De Beers has been in 50/50 partnership with both Botswana and Namibia for decades, making their people significant shareholders in De Beers and our commitment to the long-term sustainable development of the countries a core part of our business As part of our Building Forever mission to ensure every De Beers diamond creates a positive and lasting impact in the place where it is discovered, we manage half a million acres of land for conservation across southern Africa, protecting wildlife, supporting livelihoods and creating education and eco-tourism opportunities for the surrounding areas. Our partnership with National Geographic has been vital. We will have a greater impact by sharing our knowledge and resources with local governments, communities, and other NGO partners. This will help to protect the natural world, improve lives, and create a better future for all.”