We are pleased to be able to share two EWB’s co-authored, peer-reviewed scientific papers that have recently been published this last month, please see the abstracts and links here. Our research strives to provide proper information based on data to the decision makers on wildlife conservation efforts across the Continent. To access other scientific publications, click on our Downloads page!
Lindsay, K., Chase, M.J., Landen, K.A., Nowak, K. The Shared Nature of Africa’s elephants. Biological Conservation, Vol. 215, Nov. 2017, pages 260-267. Download PDF here: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320717303890 Read more about The Shared Nature in National Geographic News, click here.
Adams, T.A., Chase, M.J., Attard, A., Leggett, K. A preliminary study of stakehlders’ opinions and perceptions of elephants and elephant management in Botswana. Pachyderm, No.58 2017. Download PDF here: www.pachydermjournal.org/index.php/pachy/article/view/438/352
Botswana has been lauded by the international conservation community for maintaining the largest population of African elephants on the continent. However, given the size of the elephant population and increasing human population in Botswana, elephants and people are forced at times to live in close proximity to each other, making human–elephant conflict difficult to avoid. It is widely acknowledged that the management of
protected areas and wildlife is often a complicated and contentious issue, which requires participation by all stakeholders. This preliminary study aims to determine stakeholders’ opinions and perceptions of elephants and elephant management in Botswana. Questionnaires were distributed nationwide and were completed on a voluntary basis. The majority of those who responded, valued elephants for intrinsic reasons, such as
their being part of the environment; however, there were concerns over the lack of management and how best to manage the population in the future. These concerns stemmed in part from the perceived lack of communication among stakeholders. There was a significant difference in opinion between those that lived inside and outside of the elephant range. The study provides an insight into stakeholders’ opinions and perceptions of elephant management in Botswana, providing inputs for an improved management strategy, aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of human–elephant conflict in Botswana.
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