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Cape Vulture Conservation And Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Improvement


Titre : Cape Vulture Conservation And Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Improvement

Pays : Botswana

Numéro projet : BOT/SGP/OP7/Y3/CORE/BD/2023/01

Domaine : Biodiversity

Date : en cours en 2023

Bénéficiaire : Batho Le Ditsatlholego Conservation Trust

Présentation partielle
In Botswana, vultures are faced with several threats such as poisoning, habitat loss, electrocution and collision with pylons/structures amongst others. Poisoning, both targeted and non-targeted poses the biggest threat to the survival of our vultures. In recent years a continued spate of poisoning incidents has seriously affected local populations of already threatened vultures with sentinel killing and human wildlife conflict motivated poisoning incidents rife across the country. As at 2022, Birdlife Botswana estimated that at least 2000 species of vultures died due to poisoning in the last decade. The estimation was based on reported cases only, and as such the numbers may be worse. Poisoning has been a barrier to vulture breeding and or population increase, and if this is partnered with other impediments such as their slow breeding, electrocution, lack of food, predators etc then one would realize how important it is to protect vulture colonies. Lately we have heard of vultures inthe Chobe Region which were found dead with missing body parts suspected to have been cut off with a sharp object. This is a developing trend new in Botswana though some may not have been discovered and reported. In this regard, it is crucial that we make a deliberate effort to promote community involvement to promote awareness, skill and willingness to protect these birds. Such deliberate campaign shall ultimately increase community ownership and will to conserve the vultures as soon as individuals attach sustainable economic value to these magnificent birds. In the long run, this will reduce mass poisoning of these birds, habitat destruction and home invasions. Goo-Tau village has a colony of Cape Vultures resident at a cliff locally known as Manonyeng (a place where the vultures live) The founder of BLDCT has been awarded a 1-hectare plot at least 3km away from the vulture cliff.

Grant Amount (GEF) : US$ 41,494.85

GEF Small Grants Programme

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