Botswana (Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources) Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and People and Wildlife Trust Memorandum of Understanding signing
On 13th April 2022, the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) and People and Wildlife Trust (PWT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The MOU was signed to affirm the parties’ commitment to partnering in the Herders Training Course Project. The two parties agree that the training project shall be housed under BUAN CICE once it has been approved by Botswana Qualifications Authority and hosted at one of the PWT study area cattle posts.
The Herders Training Course Project is initiated to enhance the conservation (reduce HCC-related mortality) of apex predatory large carnivores’ through improving net livestock in subsistence pastoral production systems, through reduction of livestock mortality due to predatory large carnivores. It will also enhance livestock husbandry practices that are predator friendly and reduce the risk of livestock predation and initiate a farmer-based livestock monitoring system. HTCP will help improve the health condition and welfare of livestock and the condition of the rangelands for long-term ecosystem health and sustainability. Furthermore, through this project, Botswana will be able to retain and improve the biodiversity of the rangeland, including the retention of apex and keystone predator species.
To conclude the ceremony Professor Seleka, the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, thanked the guests for coming through and said that he hopes that the partnership will yield results that will make a difference in the community.