Environmentalists in Angola have called on the government to drop “shocking” plans to open up the country’s 14 national parks to oil, gas and mining activities.

Two sources in Luanda told Upstream that draft legislation — if approved — would permit drilling in the sensitive Luengue-Luiana national park in Angola’s Cuando Cubango province and other conservation areas. The Cubango and Cuito rivers flow through the park and feed Botswana’s internationally renowned Okavango Delta, a bio-diversity hotspot.

Luengue-Luiana is believed to hold an extension of the Kavango basin that, just across the border in Namibia, is currently the target of a three-well exploration campaign by junior operator ReconAfrica that