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UNESCO objects to plans by Zambia and Zimbabwe for massive developments near Vic Falls

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has objected to plans by the Zambian and Zimbabwean governments to develop a golf course, lodges and a hydroelectric dam near the Victoria Falls saying the move will put the celebrated tourist destination at risk of losing its Unesco World Heritage Site status.

Unesco says the extra-development of Victoria Falls and Livingstone is damaging the environment and disrupting wildlife ecosystems.

On the Zimbabwean side, there are reports of ambitious plans to build luxury lodges on Zambezi River islands upstream of the falls.

And environmental experts say the islands are ecologically delicate and should not be disturbed if the environment is to retain its natural facade.

Apparently, on the Zambian side, construction of the 300-bed Radisson Blu Resort is almost complete.

And Unesco says these development works must stop.

UNESCO heritage sites are specially protected natural wonders which should be left in their original states.


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