Hunting Officially Banned in Botswana from 2013
Received this notice by email this morning from Kgori Safaris in Botswana (www.kgorisafaris.com)
VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE !!!!!
Hunting is officially banned in Botswana from 2013, except for plainsgame on game ranches and a few elephants that will be auctioned outside the wilderness areas in the cattle areas.
There are only 2 areas that will still have limited quota for 2013 namely, CH 1 and NG 41.
This is a very sad and unfortunate situation.
Sir Seretse Khama Road
Plot 374, New Mall
P/Bag 146, Maun
Tel: 00267 686 2049
Fax: 00267 686 2048
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Update from Kgori Safaris received on April 23,2012
Hi Jerome ,
My e-mail was a letter to my clients and NOT A PRESS RELEASE. I probably
should have said: PHASED OUT and not banned. You should probably receive a
proper statement from BWMA soon
Off course I will be affected badly which is sad.
Email from Johan Calitz received on April 23, 2012
Thanks the wording of Jimmy van Rensburg's press release being 登fficially banned is incorrect.
It is not official, neither has it been banned we've been told by Government that hunting elephant in certain areas will continue the statement that we all agreed (attached) is accurate and reflects the current situation.
Premature and inaccurate news and the distribution thereof is likely to cause operators to get cancellations because they think it is officially banned -- equally, we COULD find that we get an extension on our leases, as was the case with us for NG41, for 2013 then what?
The rules ARE changing but the game is still on!
JOHAN CALITZ SAFARIS
HUNTING IN BOTSWANA - STATEMENT TO VALUED CLIENTS, AGENTS AND FRIENDS
Over the last 5 years, Botswana's trophy hunting industry has been subjected to some extensive changes to areas available for hunting, and changes in land use in other areas where photographic and hunting operations have been combined these changes have given rise to much speculation amongst the international hunting fraternity:? the Botswana Wildlife Management Association wishes to confirm that from the end of this year big game hunting will continue in the following concessions:
Butler & Holbrow Safaris / Chobe Enclave CH1/2 end of 2013
Calitz Hunting Safaris / Mababe NG 41 end of 2017
In spite of draconian cuts in quota for other species, elephant remain the flagship species in Botswana and sustainable offtake of this species will continue under the guidance and direction of the Botswana Government. Recent aerial surveys conducted by independent researchers, in collaboration with Government and the Association, have determined that the Botswana elephant population is stable and in some parts of the country are considered locally over-abundant. The Special Elephant Quota, which is auctioned annually to industry members and stakeholders, will continue in select areas for the benefit of local communities and for elephant conservation and management as a whole. Private research on tusk weights/population distribution and densities, supported by outfitters, is ongoing and will continue to inform Botswana's wildlife Management Authority.
Assurances have been made to the industry by senior members of Government during the course of the last five years that elephant hunting will continue in Botswana; in the meantime, outfitters remain committed to ongoing discussion and consultation with Government to determine the way forward. Hunting on game ranches is unchanged. Please contact your safari outfitter or the Botswana Wildlife Management Association (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) for any further information or confirmation you may require.
27 March, 2012
The Botswana Wildlife Management Association
Private Bag 098
Tel: + 267 6862 671
Fax: + 267 6862671
Wildlife hunting to cease in Botswana
Wildlife hunting to cease in Botswana
by Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe
July 15, 2011
The Botswana government is in advanced legal process to ban the hunting of wildlife in favour of photographic safari, a Ministry of Wildlife, Environment and Tourism spokesperson revealed at a workshop at Yarona Country Lodge early this week.
Archibald Ngakayagae says they will be using recent research findings by wildlife conservationist, Dr Mike Chase, that shows that some wildlife species have dwindled by as high as 90 percent due to hunting, poaching and veldt fires over the last decade. The policy to promote photographic safari against hunting is now advanced, Ngakayagae says, adding that in future they will not be issuing any hunting quotas. Lion hunting in Botswana was suspended in 2007, to allow the cats' population to swell. The Wildlife Department has been worried by the dwindling number of lions in places like the Khutse Game Reserve, Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve (CKGR) and the Kgalagadi Trans-Frontier Park, where conflict between humans and predators is on the rise. In the Kgatleng District the hunting of wildlife of all kinds has remained suspended since 1981, according to Molepolole-based regional wildlife officer, Dorothy Thite.
The campaign to move towards photographic safari is promoted by operators who run photographic safaris in the Okavango Delta and Kasane regions, but the campaign has divided the wildlife conservationists in Botswana, some of whom argue that hunting quotas issued to the communities that live near wildlife management areas, help empower and develop local communities. Research findings unveiled a few weeks ago by Chase, reveal that the Okavango Delta has suffered "catastrophic" species loss over the past 15 years. The study found that 11 species have declined by 61 percent since a 1996 survey in the Ngamiland district. Ostrich numbers declined by 95 percent, while 90 percent of wildebeest were also wiped out, along with 84 percent of antelope tsessebe, 81 percent of warthogs and kudus, and nearly two-thirds of giraffes.
"The numbers of wildebeest have fallen below the minimum of 500 breeding pairs to be sustainable. They are on the verge of local extinction," he said.
Botswana will not ban hunting
Botswana will not ban hunting
by Gill Staden
August 1, 2011
In a Mmegi article the other week it was quoted that Botswana was to ban hunting. This is not the case according to an official response from the Botswana government.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife, and Tourism would like to clarify that there is no decision made to ban wildlife hunting. Instead, what is being done is to encourage photographic tourism and gradually limit but not ban wildlife hunting. It must be known that species with declining numbers will be considered for limited hunting, while those with increasing numbers like elephants, will continue to be hunted within CITES framework.
On July 13 and 14, 2011, the Ministry and other stakeholders organized a two-day training workshop for local media practitioners on poverty and environmental reporting. It was at this workshop that the Ministry spokesperson highlighted the benefits of photographic tourism to community trusts in the country as compared to just issuing hunting quotes during a discussion on Community Based Resource National Management (CBNRM). But there was no reference to a hunting ban. Unfortunately, he was quoted out of context.
In conclusion, the Ministry stated that the Botswana government has no plan to ban hunting in the country and wants to assure all hunting safari companies and affected communities that live near wildlife management areas who continue to benefit from hunting.