The Elephant Movement Defeated: good riddance

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 23 October 2018   |   By Thomas Dust Nyoni
The Elephant Movement Defeated: good riddance

Thomas Dust Nyoni

The President of this sovereign state recently gave an illuminating presentation at the just ended Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference: London 2018 from the 10th to 12th October 2018. The Conference, did bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction, and focused on three key themes: (i)Tackling illegal wildlife trade (IWT) as a serious organized crime; (ii) Building coalitions; and (iii) Closing markets. From a conservation point of view, Mr President did extremely well in cementing our position on conservation and management of elephants in Botswana. Unlike the former General the current President Approaches conservation with a cultured and scientifically accepted rule in conservation. Your task was never easy in this workshop because a few cabals purposing to be extreme lover of animals,(and animal rights were at the “busy corner” trading their cynical devilish moments to undermine your presidency and sovereignty of this republic. There were so many private agendas battling around that it is a wonder they could all be contained within the building where the secret and private discussions took place. Even our trusted brother were there orchestrating your fall. Oh Rre Gaone (MHSRIP) you never gave signals to us how to deal with such people. But we will always remember that proverbial adage, of 'E re go ora molelo le setsenwa o se lebe mo mathong, e se re se kgothetsa sa go fisa'. This is quite relevant. We thought they loved us, and they want us to be same citizens. This fella and his friends  never loved Batswana. It’s only him, and disregard for Batswana.

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The scientists that he used to raise or spike alarms about the elephant poaching are not sleeping Mr President. They are busy in Gcwihaba Caves making another round of damage. They do this because they are the only beneficiaries of the tourism industry. Rona gatwe re je mafofora. Batswana mo Botswana please note that Elephants are not endangered in Botswana according to the IUCN report of 2018, and it has never been. There are species that we should be really concerned about at the moment eseng ditlou. The IUCN Red List is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. Far more than a list of species and their status, it is a powerful tool to inform and catalyze action for biodiversity conservation and policy change, critical to protecting the natural resources we need to survive. It provides information about range, population size, habitat and ecology, use and/or trade, threats, and conservation actions that will help inform necessary conservation decisions.

The IUCN Red List is used by government agencies, wildlife departments, conservation-related non-governmental organizations (NGOs), natural resource planners, educational organizations, students, and the business community!. It was never justified to have an Elephant ban in Botswana in the first place because the formere General has vested interest in Photographic tourism that is a direct competitor to the consumptive utilisation. He concealed proper scientific evidence and advice from well-established institute on the hunting ban to advance his interest. The animals that we should be seriously concerned about are Africna Wildlog, cape vulture and the lapped faced vulture as there are said to be endangered. An endangered species is a species which has been categorized as very likely to become extinct. Endangered (EN), as categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, is the second most severe conservation status for wild populations in the IUCN's schema after Critically Endangered (CR). Hooded vul;tures, black Rhinocerous, white backed vulture and white headed vulture are the most critically endangered that those who claim to be conservationists should serious look critical into these species. This is what should be the major concern of Batswana! A critically endangered (CR) species is one that has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

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Accordingly the Elephants ( loxodonta Africana Africana), Cheetah(Acinonyx jubatus ) and African lion(panthera leo)are classified as Vulnerable. A vulnerable species is one which has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as likely to become endangered unless the circumstances that are threatening its survival and reproduction improve. Vulnerability is mainly caused by habitat loss or destruction of the species home. So what with this panic Button. We have qualified Batswana who can come up with reliable estimates of our wildlife population. Empower Batswana Mr President. Instead of that Gobbled 6million that we don’t know how it is being used in Botswana or who is benefitting. Look. Employ me and few Biologists we will come with good numbers. We love our country! We should institute trophy hunting in Botswana but well managed and guided. Batswana should derive e benefits from our Natural resources. Trophy hunting is thus of major importance to conservation in Africa by creating economic incentives for conservation over vast areas, including areas which may be unsuitable for alternative wildlife-based land uses such as photographic ecotourism.

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Mr President the discussion concerning trophy hunting is polarized, with animal rights groups and protectionists on one side, and hunters and pragmatic conservationists on the other! It’s a health debate if all could provide credible information to support their lobby list. However there is no scientific evidence to suggest that Trophy hunting if well managed could have deleterious impacts on our populations. Mr President On a local level, financial incentives for sustainable hunting are likely to be most effective where the same hunting operators are given tenure over hunting areas for multiple seasons. Low off-take rates mean that trophy hunting can play a key role in endangered species conservation (even when excessive hunting was the original cause of the conservation problem). Initially, when species are critically endangered, a complete cessation of all human-caused mortality is necessary. Subsequently, however, revenues from tightly regulated trophy hunting can provide important incentives for careful management, protection and reintroductions. The research division should be equipped with many lack the resources to census wildlife populations regularly and quotas are not based on guesswork. Many studies were done in Botswana to come with accurate estimates for small species or carnivores. This data should be used to come up with proper quota for species and proper monitoring done. Thank you. This is the model of Botswana we all need!



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