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Title:Establishment of Botswana's national park and game reserve system
Author:Campbell, AlecISNI
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Notes:biblio. refs., maps
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:national parks and reserves
Wildlife conservation
Game reserves
Protected areas
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40980360
Abstract:In discussing the establishment of Botswana's national parks and game reserves the author, Senior Game Warden and Director of Wildlife and National Parks from 1966 to 1974, deals in turn with the first game reserves, the Game Department and the proclamation of the Chobe Game Reserve in 1960, the promulgation of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in 1961, the proclamation of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, the first reserve in Africa to be established legally by a tribe on its own tribal land, the preparation of independent Botswana's first wildlife conservation policy in 1966, changes in the Game Department and the National Parks Act, and the search for areas suitable for new parks and reserves. In earlier days, game reserves and then national parks came into being not as the result of careful planning nor, for the most part, on the basis of ecological research, but from accidents of history and circumstances obtaining at the time of their promulgation. Their boundaries were usually drawn to exclude settlements and interfere with as few people as possible. The problems of cattle ranching versus management of wildlife that dogged early attempts to create protected areas are being resolved. However, the creation of parks protecting geological formations and cultural remains is still a project of the future. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]