Botswana – Integrating wildlife into rural economy is key to its survival

This article appeared in the Mail and Guardian (South Africa) 13 Mar 2019. By Maxwell Gomera, Liz Rihoy In 2014, the president of Botswana, Ian Khama, introduced a ban on hunting, saying it had contributed to poaching and “catastrophic” declines in wildlife, negatively affecting tourism. At the same time, the government sanctioned the unofficial use of a shoot-to-kill policy to deter...
trophy hunting

The Elephant Debate: upholding democracy, human rights and conservation

This article by Masego Madzwamuse and Liz Rihoy, was published 01 March 2019 in mmegi - an online and weekly print English language newspaper in Botswana. It is part of a number of opinion pieces on the Elephant Debate. For decades Botswana has maintained an enviable international reputation as an ‘African miracle’ due in large part to its robust democracy, sound governance systems and...
Sign up for our newsletter

Get monthly briefs and updates on what is happening in the area of rights, sustainable use and conservation direct to your inbox.