Mr. Morulaganyi Kokole attended a farmer’s workshop in Salajwe, on the 29th of May 2015, at the invitation of Leopard Ecology and Conservation. This was a workshop with a twist as this time; Mr. Kokole had to share with workshop participants his experiences, challenges, relationships with different stakeholders and lessons learnt as an outreach officer. Remember that as we go on interacting with farmers and stakeholders, the plan is not just to take the podium and teach, but to also learn, observe and see what you can take back home. This came at the right time as it gave Kokole the time to reflect on everything he has done since joining CCB and evaluate his work. Conservation is like an experiment so it is important to always go back to where you started in order to review your successes and challenges and, how to overcome challenges for conservation to prosper. We extend our thank you to Leopard Ecology for this opportunity and for more to come.
The NBHWCP project continues and CCB’s community outreach team re-visited the beneficiaries for projects progress the week of the 14th – 23rd May 2015. The task was to continue monitoring the progress of all beneficiaries, in all three areas of Boteti, Okavango and Chobe since from the last time they received assistance of improved kraaling and livestock guarding dogs (LSGD’s). The monitoring was basically on assessing the state of predator proof kraals built; progress and health status of LSGD’s placed and interview all beneficiaries on the overall progress. The overall feel is that the project is continuing well as most are utilizing the support extended to them though there are visible challenges here and there. Monitoring will continue telephonically in August as well as with a physical visit towards the end of 2015.
CCB hosted Kumakwane Junior Secondary School for a bush camp at our Tiisano education centre in Ghanzi. The children were given a pre-bush camp quiz at their school prior to their travelling to Ghanzi, in order to test their level of environmental knowledge and identify the gaps. They stayed for 4 days learning about the environment and the important roles that predators play in the ecosystem, as well as threats to the environment and how to farm alongside predators without losses. The children and CCB staff had a great time and learnt a lot in the process, and from the picture above, it is evident the children had a blast!
CCB and Birdlife Botswana continue to enjoy collaboration conservation efforts and this time, this resulted in CCB honoring the invitation by Birdlife Botswana to showcase our services at the 2015 World Migratory Bird Day on the 16th May 2015 in Letlhakane village. The celebrations also received representation from different conservation and EE stakeholders from around the District, including Debswana Orapa Mine – Orapa Game Park, students, teachers and the Letlhakane community. The public were encouraged to celebrate and appreciate the diverse or varieties of birds migrating into our country and those already in the country since birds play an important role in the ecosystem such as, beautifying the environment therefore bringing revenue for the individuals in the tourism sector including government. CCB displayed a stall and exchange with the general public on its programmes that promote environmental awareness as well as promoting the protection of the cheetah species in Botswana. Education officer, Ms. Keneilwe Mathaba attended the celebrations on behalf of CCB.