UK showdown exposes urgent need for CBNRM law

To the streets: Members of community trusts that live alongside wildlife recently marched in Gaborone, asserting their rights to earn value from the country’s natural resources 
PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
To the streets: Members of community trusts that live alongside wildlife recently marched in Gaborone, asserting their rights to earn value from the country’s natural resources PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Experts have said the showdown in the Westminster over hunting is exposing the urgent need to transform the Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) policy into a law, a call that has been repeatedly made over the last decade.

CBNRM is a conservation-based development approach that recognises that natural resources coexist with people who rely on them for their subsistence.

A CBNRM Act would have been a powerful tool in the arguments presented by the communities who spent this week in London lobbying the House of Commons and the House of Lords on the anti-hunting bill being considered by the UK. Professor Brian Child who specialises on inclusive wildlife economy, which emphasises involving rural people through CBNRM, explains the critical importance of CBNRM.

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Let’s get the constitutional amendment right

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