The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources on Tuesday held a hearing with a group of organisations opposing the drilling of oil in the Kavango Region by ReconAfrica. Speaking on behalf of one of these organisations, Matt Totten, a geologist by profession and oil exploration expert, stressed the need to put into consideration and assess how climate change is impacting Namibia’s groundwater resources and assess how the damage caused by potential extractions could devastate the Kavango Delta, an area that is sacred. His organisation, Saving Okavango’s Unique Life, further raised concern that the project will require clearing of huge swaths of land for infrastructure, land currently largely being used by the community to farm crops as well as graze their animals.
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