Human Wildlife Conflict mitigation through sustainable rural community tourism activities.
Human Wildlife Conflict mitigation through sustainable rural community tourism activities.
The Human Wildlife Conflict prevailing in the Boteti Sub district needs urgent intervention. The focus of this proposed project shall be on the Human Elephant Conflict in particular. Participation by the affected communities in the attempt to strike the balance of coexistence between man and elephant is indeed crucial to the success of any mitigation strategies to be pursued. Elephants not only cause harm in the form of crop and other projects’ destruction, so far two (2) human deaths due to elephant trampling have been recorded in Boteti in the first half of 2017.
The expected results for the proposed project are; an information center constructed, this will be used to provide environmental education. The information gathered through various forms of research and consultations will be documented, stored and distributed through the information center. Other project activities such as MOMS Rangers training and workshops targeted at capacitating the community on HWC mitigation strategies will also be coordinated from the information center as well as in Kgotlas. The project also aims at empowering farmers, youth groups, environmental clubs in schools and the community at large with tools aimed at addressing the human wildlife conflict in their area.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Boteti Rural Development Trust
Country:
Botswana
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Operational Phase:
OP6 - Y3 (Jul17 - Jun 18)
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,952.77
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 5,807.99
Project Number:
BOT/SGP/OP6/Y3/CORE/BD/17/10
Start Date:
12/2017
End Date:
12/2021
Status:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
A majority of activities of the proposed project involve a substantial number of youth. The beekeeping exercise is suitable for youth due to its challenges. Management Oriented Management System MOMS, requires physically sound rangers to carry out the information gathering and analysis. The farming and food making business is best handled by women and mostly youthful women; hence most of the beekeepers and spice cultivators will mostly be young men and women while the rest of the population carries on with normal agricultural activities. Youth leaders will be trained in conservation through the training of trainers program that shall be conducted at the information center.
Capacity - Building Component
The TRUST being relatively new needs capacitation in many fields; Project management, Marketing and videography. Other areas, also mentioned in this proposal that the Trust needs capacitation on include further MOMS training, beekeeping training, Elephant control and basic research methodologies. The grant will also cover community awareness campaigns aimed at capacitating communities to appreciate the need to co-exist with and conserve the environment and wildlife.
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Grantee Contact

Mr Gaseitsewe Setofane
 

Address

P O Box 13
Rakops , N/A ,
 

Website

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SGP Country office contact

Ms. Abigail Engleton
Phone:
+267 363-3767
Email:

Address

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