Great minds when put together can achieve even greater things and this is what transpired at the recent Second Botswana Biodiversity Symposium in Maun on the 13th – 15th February. The symposium was hosted by the Department of National Museum and Monuments under the theme, Biodiversity Management – A strategy for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. Botswana is rich in biodiversity and the symposium brought together about 80 participants ranging from conservationists and researchers to discuss strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change conditions while providing sustainable livelihood options for rural communities. CCB had the opportunity to present our research findings from our camera trap surveys in the Ghanzi wildlife management areas. On the whole, it was a perfect occasion to learn and share current research in Botswana, discuss community development experiences, network with various practitioners and get to know what other people are doing in their respective fields. We are thrilled to have been part of the symposium and hope that this will open more collaborative opportunities and assist us in making real differences in the lives of cheetahs and local farming communities in Botswana.
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