Botswana has enjoyed more than 50 years of independence and in this time it has stood out for its consistent commitment to conservation and eco-tourism, particularly in the last decade with the leadership of President Ian Khama.
Khama, a keen conservationist, introduced a ban on sport hunting in 2014 to help safeguard large species. Botswana has shown that given space and safety, rare species thrive, including critically endangered black rhino, wild dog, black maned Kalahari lion, lechwe, puku, sitatunga, pangolin and aardvark. Tourism numbers have increased since the ban was introduced.
Khama's term as President came to an end in 2018 and the new president Mokgweetsi Masisi requested a review of policy.
With Botswana having a history of moderate and well-informed governance, the white paper published last week has been received with horror. It makes various recommendations including overturning the ban on the hunting of elephants and other wildlife, the active culling of elephant to help mitigate human/willdife conflict, particularly around Chobe, the active cutting off of migration corridors and installation of fences.
Only around 400,000 elephants remain in Africa. They are poached at a rate of one every 26 minutes. More than a quarter of this population live in Botswana.
You can read the full article at BBC news here
You can see the recommendations on the Botswana Government Facebook page here.
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