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Title:Environmental Impacts of Tourism Development in the Okavango
Author:Mbaiwa, Joseph E.
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Environment, Ecology
Environmental impact analysis
Tourism development
Okavango River Delta (Botswana)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40980323
Abstract:In Botswana, the rapid development of tourism since the late 1980s mostly has occurred in the northern parts of the country. The Okavango Delta, located in northwestern Botswana, is one of the country's leading tourist destination areas. Despite its positive socioeconomic impacts, however, the industry is beginning to have negative environmental impacts due to poor policy implementation and inadequate overall monitoring of tourism activities. Based on data from observations, informal interviews and secondary sources, this paper provides baseline information on the ecological impacts of tourism in the Okavango Delta. These impacts are related to the creation of illegal roads and the overcrowding of tourist facilities in environmentally sensitive areas; noise pollution and disturbance of wildlife species; poor management of the sanitation system and water resources; bushfires; the expansion of illegal settlements; and the introduction of unwanted plant species. In conclusion, alternative strategies to minimize the problem are suggested. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]