Controlled Hunting Continues in Botswana

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    Controlled Hunting Continues in Botswana

    Controlled hunting will continue in areas that are less conducive to photographic use. The value of hunting economies still applies in these areas, where only hunters continue to pay for and support conservation efforts/practices to prevent these wildlife areas from converting to less conservation-friendly land use, such as agriculture, accompanied by the resultant loss of biodiversity.

    In line with Botswana’s Vision 2016, controlled and sustainable hunting will continue to be a major contributor to alleviate poverty and improve livelihoods in rural areas. Elephant is the single most important game species and the quota for 2010 was fixed at 340 bulls. In line with the Botswana Government’s 5-D policies (Democracy, Development, Dignity, Discipline and Delivery), Botswana outfitters are determined to maintain high standards and ethics/hunting practices. Contact the Botswana Wildlife Management Association (BWMA) at botswanawildlife@yahoo.com, or Debbie Peake at debbie@mochaba.net, for information on registered members companies.

    The effects of climate change resulting from global warming are beginning to be felt as the country experiences extreme climatic conditions such as severe floods and frequent droughts. Places that were traditionally malaria-free such as Gantsi District have reported Malaria cases. Experts believe that the country will experience worsening semi arid conditions. The changes are predicted to affect arable as well as livestock and wildlife industry.

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