OKAVANGO IN FLOODAfrica / Mixed Media
OKAVANGO IN FLOOD
CATHERINE REED/BARBARA REED
OIL PAINT, VARNISH ON CANVAS
80CM X 80CM
A joint piece with textile artist Barbara Reed, depicting the vast Okavango Delta in flood – a vast inland river delta in northern Botswana. Known for its sprawling grassy plains, which flood seasonally, becoming a lush animal habitat.
This natural wonder is under grave threat. The Namibian government has presented plans to build a hydropower station in the Zambezi Region , which would regulate the Okavango’s flow to some extent. While proponents argue that the effect would be minimal, environmentalists argue that this project could destroy most of the rich animal and plant life in the Delta.Other threats include local human encroachment and regional extraction of water in both Angola and Namibia.