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CCB was founded following the request from Botswana's Government for help to assist with the ongoing issues of human-wildlife conflict in the country. Since our beginnings in 2003, we have continued our close relationship with several key departments and ministries to help achieve our shared goal of peaceful coexistence between the people of Botswana and their wildlife. Most notably, the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Tourism and their Department of Wildlife and National Parks and their Department of Environmental Affairs, as well as the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security and the Ministry of Education and Skills Development. We are proud of this collaboration and thankful to the Government of Botswana for helping us to achieve our shared dream of peaceful human-wildlife coexistence.
Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN)
WCN has been supporting CCB from the very beginning and if it weren’t for them CCB would not be what it is today. Through our collaboration, WCN is able to support CCB through the value of the network of their staff and conservation partners – conservationists and organisations taking part in some of the most effective conservation from all corners of the globe. Every year the WCN family get together for capacity-building and idea-sharing that is invaluable to the CCB staff that attend. Learning from each other and being inspired by the amazing individuals and organisations from the network helps us to become better conservationists. We are forever indebted to the WCN for their kindness, their friendship and their support over the many years.
Botswana Carnivore Forum (BCF)
In 2015 CCB arranged a workshop with all carnivore researchers and conservationists in Botswana in order to answer the call from government for updated distribution and population estimates. The workshop participants identified the urgent need for there to be more communication and collaboration between carnivores researchers in order to increase the efficiency of research in the country. And so the Botswana Carnivore Forum was born. With CCB on the steering and advisory committees of the Forum, the BCF has been instrumental in arranging capacity building workshops for young Batswana students and has almost completed the first large carnivore occupancy study for the entire country by pooling data from every carnivore researcher in the country. The BCF is an exciting initiative that shows that together we can achieve more than the sum of all our parts.