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2022-Oil-Drilling ReconAfrica’s unlined drill pits that potentially expose Namibia’s people, livestock, crop fields and groundwater to toxic chemicals

Scientists around the world have shown that drilling for oil and gas comes with a number of very serious dangers to economies, people, livestock, wildlife, rivers, ecosystems and our climate.

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Selling the Okavango - Putting Profit Over People

A documentary by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung South Africa. With voices from Women's Leadership Centre's Liz Frank & Nadia April as well as those of Max Muyemburuko (Kavango East and West Regional Conservancy & Community Forest Association), activist Veruschka Dumeni, Rinaani Musutua (Economic & Social Justice Trust), and geologists Jan Arkert and Matt Totten Jr.

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Blog-Header-02 Oil spill in Ogoniland in 2020 . Photo by: Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC), Niger Delta, Nigeria

Despite failing to conduct bona fide public consultations, the Canadian company ReconAfrica received environmental clearance permits to drill 3 exploration wells and conduct seismic tests in the Kavango regions. Oil and gas production holds great dangers to Namibia and runs contrary to worldwide attempts to move away from fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas, which are major drivers of global warming.

Namibia is a signatory to the Paris Accord on Climate Change and has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 92% by 2030. This stands in complete contradiction with giving permission to ReconAfrica’s oil and gas exploration. Experts predict that as the world shifts towards alternative renewable energy sources, investments made now into fossil fuel production will soon become “stranded assets”, where promised oil and gas revenues never materialise and bankrupt oil and gas companies leave taxpayers to pay for the big clean-up.

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Call for a Namibian fracking ban


We, Civil Society Organisations in Namibia, together with regional and international organisations (including UNESCO and IUCN), technical and legal experts, are deeply concerned about oil and gas exploratory drilling activities of ReconAfrica in Namibia. We worry in particular about the foreseeable cumulative impacts of the envisaged production phase of at least 25 years within the world’s largest trans-boundary conservation area (the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, KAZA).

We therefore call for the introduction of a nationwide fracking ban in Namibia!

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Call for a moratorium and public inquiry on oil and gas exploration in the Kavango regions


We, Civil Society Organisations in Namibia, together with regional and international organisations, coalitions and technical experts, are deeply concerned about oil and gas exploratory drilling activities in the Kavango Basin. Most of us have neither been consulted nor given any evidence about how the exploration activities and possible production will affect the lives and human rights of people in Kavango East and West Regions, as well as our precious environment and overall water and food security in Namibia. Too many questions are unanswered, and the irreversible risks look too high for us, and for our children’s future.

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