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Of Raphaka, Tshekedi and Chase's lies

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 25 September 2018   |   By Thomas Dust Nyoni
Raphaka, Khama and Chase Raphaka, Khama and Chase

Thomas Dust Nyoni

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 The Ceremonious Chief Ranger lied! You claim to be a Marksman but with all your misses and inaccuracies, we now have to deal with the real enemy that you piteously invited through a certain PhD holder. I hypothesize that conservation outcomes will be less durable when conservationists assert their interests to the detriment of others, as you are hell-bent on listening to chase alone, when we have many players in conservation research, with many years of research like those at Okavango Research institute. Do you see what this inaccurate report by a certain researcher has led to, unwanted expenditure to counter the claims? Ideal as the minister, (after receiving such damning report over a coffee table), You don’t rush to the media and ask your families and dogs to go biting the citizenry and accusing the highest of office of negligence of conservation. I thought Cabinet ministers make an oath to defend the sovereignty of the country. Your immediate task was to dispatch the ground force with coordinates to verify the claims. A team would comprise of wildlife intelligence community, veteran doctors to collect samples to detect if mortalities are not from disease as you would agree with me that from 2006 to 2009, there has been major outbreaks of anthrax in the region during the dry period. Anthrax is one of the most fatal diseases impacting elephants. Anthrax is a bacterium that causes high fever, shivering, ulcers, and swellings. This disease may be spread through contaminated water or soil. I have been listening attentively on the conduct of the Minister of natural resources and his immediate interest and that of the Permanent Secretary. Then I just sang the song by Bob Marley I shot the sheriff but I didn’t shoot his Deputy. And later I listened to Masisi’s position on the issue about the elephant saga! The former accused the Permanent secretary for being ignorant on wildlife issues despite so much track record of good leadership and proven credentials. Rre Raphaka is a man of high integrity and works on the wisdom of professionals in the field. I don’t even know the certificates of the Minister (The Ceremonious Chief Ranger). Let me educate you CCR, wars of conservation are not won by the barrel of the gun, but by strategic planning and prudent management of the wildlife resources. Mr CCR, Natural Resource Management (NRM) refers to the sustainable utilization of major natural resources, such as land, water, air, minerals, forests, fisheries, and wild flora and fauna. Together, these resources provide the ecosystem services that provide better quality to human life. Natural resources provide fundamental life support, in the form of both consumptive and public-good services. Ecological processes maintain soil productivity, nutrient recycling, the cleansing of air and water, and climatic cycles. In conservation minister, guns, Uzis, GPMGs do not work, our focus should be on credible logical management of elephants. This approach Mr Minister will also allow for spatial dynamics (such as source-sink interactions) that stabilize numbers regionally while reducing local impacts. I trust the capacitation of wildlife research would improves the scientific framework for conservation initiatives both nationally and regionally. It is in line with current developments in conservation science that emphasize habitat and ecosystem management. The implementation of this approach, however, needs substantial research and refinement for its validation and calls for a regional focus on conservation management, especially in view of local economic and social realities. This should take into account the needs of the locals. Recently one Professor Strive Masiyiwa talks about the Rwandan experience on the gorillas, and how communities there derive benefits. As I quote him “When President Paul Kagame asked me to participate in a ceremony to name 23 baby gorillas a few days ago, I thought it was cool, and it earned some bragging rights for my youngest daughter amongst her animal-loving schoolmates..."My dad went to name a baby gorilla!". As he educed the point about benefits from gorillas on the local economy he talks of the involvement of the community, and they are co-managers, and derive benefits from such. Mr Minister accept that you are managing a complex field that you don’t know. Ee ga se go ora molelo boss. We talk science. You can do better in the ministry of Immigration. Hano ga o na chance!

Most conservation practitioners rely on experience-based information for management decisions. In conservation government policy thus directs managers to base decisions for elephant management on the best available scientific information. Not a biased report from a certain Chase. Lo nyatsa batho. As a Conservation manager Mr minister shy away from relying on experience-based and traditional land management practices, rather than on rigorous evidence-based science, for most conservation action. This is the direction that you should steer the department of wildlife towards. Elephants are desirable in many protected areas and private and communal lands in Africa due to their considerable economic, ecological, cultural and aesthetic value, and we natives want what is best for our elephants as echoed by the presidency. If you had love of the country, I bet you could have tendered your resignation. You only weakness probably is the believe that the white race can be better conservationists, researchers and we black are poachers and our degrees are less qualified than our white counterparts. Mr try us, we will give you the best. We love our animals. Many qualified Batswana can count these animals.

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Mr Minister instead of looking at the society as a market and the individual as a consumer, a sustainable society bases its goals on human well-being and the health of its institutional and environmental assets. Allow Local to utilize natural resources they have the skill. Our current policies should not revolve around the simple concept of growth of tourism where maximum consumption in the commercial economy is the sole objective. This ignores human welfare, environmental health and is fiscally ruinous. A sustainable society measures human and environmental health in real world indicators, not in dollars. Our locals should derive benefits from the conservation efforts. Growth does not equal prosperity. Building blocks of low unemployment, high social equality, low debt and a well-educated populace productively employed with a strong social safety net make a nation truly prosperous and successful. Once that human success is brought into balance with nature, a society can be said to be truly sustainable. Can we say ours is Sustainable Mr Minister? Am glad the most higher the president of this republic underscored that research should be conducted by credible people, and lambasted wayward characters, past, present, and future. You see the president displayed maturity and understanding of value of conservation, and involvement of all players in conservation. This is just brilliant. The involvement of both local and international media to expose the lies by this Chase guy is a welcome development although it had come at a cost to the nation. President Masisi is on track on the elephant problem. The presidency believes that Conservation conflicts are increasing and need to be managed to minimise negative impacts on biodiversity, human livelihoods, and human well-being. The consultation with media, locals, researchers will highlight the long-term, dynamic nature of conflicts and the challenges to their management. Derived from such approach, therefore Conflict management would require all parties to recognise problems as shared ones, and engage with clear goals, a transparent evidence base, and an awareness of trade-offs.  Effective conflict management and long-term conservation benefit will be enhanced by better integration of the underpinning social context with the material impacts and evaluation of the efficacy of alternative conflict management approaches In deed on summary, the pursuit of unending population and consumption growth is not sustainable environmentally, socially or fiscally on our finite planet. We must balance the long term interests of individuals, communities within our natural world. However I am admissive that indeed we must break the cycle of human history of repeatedly over-exploiting our resource base and suffering through the consequent destructive population and social declines    



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