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KAZA TFCA Secretariat Host a workshop

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Mr. Thato Raphaka officially opening the workshop. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Mr. Thato Raphaka officially opening the workshop.

KAZA TFCA Secretariat in collaboration with WWF Namibia office recently hosted a workshop, from 7 to 9 August 2018 in Kasane, Botswana, to develop a strategic planning framework for the conservation and management of elephants in the KAZA TFCA.

The workshop drew participants from the Wildlife Authorities from the KAZA TFCA Partner Countries together with elephant conservation and management specialists, the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG) and other technical resource persons.  

Officially opening the workshop, Botswana’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Mr. Thato Raphaka noted that “… the five partner states have a major responsibility on behalf of elephant conservation and society at large to ensure the present and future wellbeing of these populations”. He called for the assessment of existing legal and policy frameworks and strategies to ensure that they are aligned to the conservation of the elephant as a flagship species for the KAZA TFCA.

Of critical importance, and a regional priority is for Partner States and all affected stakeholders to determine how best to facilitate transboundary movement of elephants.  The Permanent Secretary reminded the participants of the major constraints to the long-term management of KAZA’s elephants which include:

  • differing approaches to the management of elephants and other shared resources;
  • insufficient community empowerment and limited benefits from wildlife;
  • inadequate transboundary capacity and coordination for combatting poaching and illegal wildlife trade;
  • insufficient monitoring and adaptive management systems;
  • lack of knowledge of ongoing and upcoming changes in elephant habitat; and
  • critical gaps in coordinated transboundary elephant conservation.

Mr. Raphaka further emphasized that any reporting of information from research on elephants must be disseminated in a responsible manner, stressing: “we have to be scientifically and politically sensitive to issues around elephant management. We also need to be sensitive to people issues around the KAZA areas.”

The anticipated outcomes of the workshop were to: 1) create and increase the awareness of senior wildlife officials regarding the present status of elephants in KAZA, and the current and future likely threats and their drivers facing elephants; 2)  understand consequent of future policy implications and need for a decision-making process within a structured strategic planning framework for elephant conservation; 3) recognize the need for a robust baseline for elephant abundance and distribution across the KAZA landscape, and factors influencing these; 4) recognize the need for an improved and greater cross-sectoral understanding of infrastructural, agricultural, water and rural development planning processes that are likely to impact upon elephant conservation across the KAZA landscape; and 5) develop a future vision for KAZA elephants with associated strategic objectives and a set of prioritized short to medium term actions as part of the strategic planning framework.

Key outputs of the three days’ workshop included drafts of the following: Vision statement; Strategic objectives; and shot term and medium-term actions. Participants developed a work plan with clear timelines and allocation of responsibilities for the finalization of the planning framework in consultation with the Partner States. The framework will be a very useful resource mobilization by the five Partner States either as a collective or at a national level. It is also expected to serve as a tool for reinforcing already ongoing collaboration and coordination of effort among the Partner States.  

In closing the workshop on behalf of the host country, Mr. Tim Blackbeard, Regional Wildlife Officer, Ngamiland, underscored the importance of regional collaboration in the management of the shared elephant population and encouraged the KAZA TFCA Secretariat to ensure that it plays its role in the facilitation of implementation of the framework. He expressed his gratitude of the attendance by all, commended the organizers and the workshop facilitation team, and recognized the financial support which was provided by WWF, Namibia Office.

Additional Info

  • Event Start: segunda, 01 janeiro 2018
  • Event End: terça, 01 janeiro 2019
  • Location: Kasane, Botswana
  • Time: 08:00