Hoodia Inventory and Conservation
The project aims at conducting a national survey and inventory/stock taking of the distribution and prevalence of hoodia in the wild in Kgalagadi, Bobirwa, Boteti and Ghanzi districts.

There is an ever growing demand for hoodia and hoodia products in the world particularly in southern Africa, its natural rangeland. There is also a growing local interest in the cultivation of Hoodia to supply the existing lucrative market. This emerging commercial interst in hoodia relies and will always depend on the conservation of wild hoodia populations for the supply of seeds.

There is also a strong evidence that here is an ongoing illegal trade in wild hoodia in the three range states of Botswana, Namibia and RSA. However, in Botswana where most of the land is either national parks or communal areas it is difficult to know how much hoodia exists in the wild except for the fact that it has been sighted at the areas already mentioned.

However, hoodia is a CITES II category plant. Therefore, hoodia is an endangered yet highly valuable natural product that needs urgent collective interventions to conserve and sustainably utilize.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee: Veld Products Research and Development
Country: Botswana
Area Of Work: Biodiversity
Operational Phase: Phase 4
Grant Amount: US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash: US$ 156,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 20,000.00
Project Number: BOT/SGP/OP4/CORE/07/01/06
Start Date: 1/2008
End Date: 12/2008
Status: Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
- The Hoodia is protected under the Department of Forestry and Range Resources (DFRR) & Ministry of Environment Wildlife and Tourism (MEWT). This department has the mandate to continue to lead protection of the forestry resources. Due to long established partnerships through various previous projects VPR&D will continue to collaborate with DFRR in promotion of the conservation of the Hoodia and related natural products. - Since most of the Hoodia was found in local peoples fields the Government, civil society and the local communities will continue to protect the natural products through existing organizational structures.
Linkages gef projects
Hoodia is a CITES II category plant. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments that aims at ensuring that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Therefore, hoodia is an endangered yet highly valuable natural product that needs urgent collective interventions to conserve and sustainably utilize. Hence the project contributes to the protection of endangered biological resources. This project can therefore be linked not only to the 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership is a global initiative to track progress toward achieving the "2010 biodiversity target" to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. The Partnership is a collaboration among the many organizations and agencies developing global biodiversity indicators and is the leading source of information on trends in global biodiversity; as well as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) whose objective is to assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and the scientific basis for action needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of those systems and their contribution to human well-being.
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Grantee Contact

Douglas Thamage
Phone: 3947353
Email: veldprod@info.bw
 

Address

P O Box 2020
Gaborone , SADC , +267

SGP Country office contact

Vacant
Phone: +267 363-3767
Fax: +267 3956093
 
Ms. Abigail Engleton
Email: abigail.engleton@undp.org
 

Address

UN Building, Government Enclave Corner Khama Crescent & President Drive P O Box 54
Gaborone, SADC