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Botswana To Utilize Electric Fence At National Park To Reduce Human-Wildlife Conflict

 

A 60-kilometer non-lethal electric fence along the western boundary of the Makgadikgadi National Park will be officially commissioned before the end of this year, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said.

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“The fence will reduce human-wildlife conflict in the Boteti area,” he said on Monday when speaking during the State of the Nation Address in Gaborone.

 

Masisi stated that human-wildlife conflict is a challenge they face and that government mitigation efforts include providing water to elephants and other wildlife in order to reduce their movements into communal areas, particularly in the Nata/Gweta and North East areas.

 

Masisi said poaching is still one of the most serious threats to the country’s biodiversity. Since April 2019, a total of 100 animals, including elephants, rhinos, and various antelopes, have been poached, compared to 151 in 2018.

 

A review of the National Anti-Poaching Strategy was completed in October 2021 with the overall goal of curbing organized poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, Masisi said.

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