Organisations Rescue Lake Ngami Trust

| May 27, 2015

After struggling with finances for some time to set up a fully-fledged office, Lake Ngami Conversation Trust’s prayers have been answered thanks to positive responses from Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) and Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Project.

Lake Ngami Conversation Trust, which is situated at Sehithwa village, was supposed to have started operations beginning of the fishing season but failed because it had no resources in place to open an office.

The trust intends to use the funds for the development of tourism activities such as the construction of a lodge and camp and fishing sites at the lake.

Another responsibility of the trust is to take control of the lake and also formulate bye-laws which will augment the existing fisheries regulations.

In an interview, the Sustainable Land Management Project manager, Mr Tiego Mpho confirmed receiving a request of assistance from the trust and indicated that they were willing to partner with the trust and ensure that it operated fully.

He said it was their intention to build capacity of the trust so that it takes off and drive its mandate to ensure that the communities benefit. He said since Botswana Tourism Organization (BTO) had allowed the trust to construct some camp sites, SLM in partnership with NCONGO would conduct the Environmental Impact Assessment before construction commences.

Mr Mpho also noted that The Kavango Zambezi Trans-frontier Conservation Area, or KAZA TFCA, had shown interest to support the trust towards the infrastructure development component.

KAZA is potentially the world’s largest conservation area, spanning five southern African countries Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe it is centred around the Caprivi-Chobe-Victoria Falls area.

The goal of the KAZA TFCA is to sustainably manage the Kavango Zambezi ecosystem, its heritage and cultural resources based on best conservation and tourism models for the socio-economic wellbeing of the communities and other stakeholders in and around the eco-region through harmonization of policies, strategies and practices.

Mr Mpho revealed that they were working jointly with officials from the department of Wildlife and National Parks noting that next week they would meet the trust management and explain all the logistics and how they intend to take them on board.

“We want to collaborate with the trust. We intend to set up a working group which would comprise of different organizations both government and non-government and the idea is to plan as a team and execute effectively,” he added.

He said the working group would come up with mitigations to address environmental concerns caused by fishermen at Lake Ngami and also replicate the interventions to other water bodies where fishermen had camped.

Meanwhile, Lake Ngami has been identified as one area where SML project would be piloted. The aim of the project is to mainstream SLM in rangeland areas of Ngamiland District’s productive landscapes for improved livelihoods.

Mr Mpho explained that Lake Ngami was identified for its fishing activities and the aim is work with the trust and see how best they could come up with sustainable interventions to promote the fishing industry.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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