CITES is millions of thoughts away from Seronga

Wildlife and communal agriculture fight for space in areas such as Seronga. PIC: Thalefang Charles
Wildlife and communal agriculture fight for space in areas such as Seronga. PIC: Thalefang Charles

When the people of Seronga and Batswana elsewhere provided their suggestions on dealing with elephants during the Sub-committee of Cabinet on hunting ban social dialogue many thought their recommendations would be the means to an end. But little did they know that there is even a bigger animal in Geneva named CITES. Staff Writer THALEFANG CHARLES writes

Last year the communities around Botswana descended to kgotla meetings to provide their opinions and insights on the management of the thousands of elephants that throng their backgrounds.

In Seronga, on the Okavango eastern panhandle, elephants are not viewed with astonishment and admiration. They are feared. Seronga and many villages along the eastern Okavango panhandle have the worst human-elephant conflict. A number of people have died from being trampled down by elephants, and many farmers lose their crops every season due to elephants.

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