De Beers has announced a new partnership with the National Geographic to address conservation challenges in Africa and protect the source waters of the Okavango Delta and the lives and livelihoods they support.
The five-year commitment, which aims to help protect Africa’s endangered species, will also ensure water and food security for more than one million people and develop livelihood opportunities for 10,000 people.
The Okavango Basin, spanning southern Angola, eastern Namibia, and northern Botswana, is the main source of water for the Okavango Delta.
Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group, said: “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.”
He added: “That’s why our partnership with National Geographic is vital. By sharing our expertise and resources and working with local communities, governments and other NGO partners, we will deliver a positive impact that is far greater than what any of us could achieve on our own, and ultimately protects the natural world and improves people’s lives.”