Thursday, August 7, 2008

Botswana Reserve

Just outside Francistown in Botswana, a generous landowner has granted a huge tract of land on a "peppercorn" rental for 100 years, to provide an ecological teaching centre and game reserve for the children of the town. The outfall from the sewerage works tests completely clean by the time it reaches the Reserve, and provides a perennial water supply in an old annual watercourse. There can be few projects, in this day and age, that do more to restore a vanishing assett. It's a great contrast to the better-known and beautiful reserves elsewhere in Botswana - Okavango Delta, Kgalakgadi, Moremi, Savuti, Chobe - too expensive for most of the children of the country.
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