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WWF Statement on the Defending Economic Livelihoods and Threatened Animals (DELTA) Act

In response to the US Senate passing the Defending Economic Livelihoods and Threatened Animals (DELTA) Act, which moves to defend economic livelihoods and threatened animals in Africa's greater Okavango River Basin and will support conservation activities in the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Nik Sekhran, Chief Conservation Officer:

“By passing the DELTA Act, the Senate has voted its confidence in the countries of Southern Africa and their ability to build a prosperous future through conservation. These countries have demonstrated vision and leadership through the creation of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, or KAZA, home to half of Africa’s remaining elephants, incredible natural wonders such as Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta, and some of the most successful community-based conservation programs in the world.

"The DELTA Act will direct greater attention to the management and conservation of the Okavango River basin, helping to protect a globally significant region and building on existing efforts to ensure thriving wildlife populations and prosperous communities. We look forward to the President signing this legislation, which demonstrates yet again that global conservation is an issue that both Republican and Democratic leaders can embrace.”