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ODMP Sustainable Livestock management - Watering points Final Report Appendix 4 - The Elephant Problems in Ngamiland

ODMP Sustainable Livestock management - Watering points Final Report Appendix 4 - The Elephant Problems in Ngamiland

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THE ELEPHANTS PROBLEM IN NGAMILAND
Issues and observationsIssue SubGroupIssue Group Village
What does the DWNP suggest as mitigation measures against damageto our property by elephants and predators?CompensationRatesElephants BeetshaNormally we can coexist with elephants. They eat the vegetation butdo not necessarily destroy it. However, when open water sources arediminishing, people and elephants are congested in the same areas.Elephant Range Elephants BeetshaWe used to kill and eat elephants to keep their numbers at anacceptable level.PopulationIncreaseElephants BeetshaElephants have also reached our area. I want to know what DWNPwill do about them.Action toReduceConflictElephants BodibengElephants destroy reservoirs and borehole engines but the DWNPattends to such damage reports with great delay. However, whenpoaching is reported they are usually able to come quickly.Slow Response Elephants BodibengThe elephants that destroy people’s livelihoods are also a naturalresource. Thus, some communities benefit from wildlife in their areaswhile others do not. Can those community trusts not pay some moneyto compensate people who have their livelihoods destroyed byelephants and other wildlife?Trusts payCompensationElephants BodibengElephants destroy the buffalo fence and cross into livestock areas.When our cattle cross through the gaps in the fence into the wildlifearea, they are shot. The fence has to be better maintained and needs tobe reinforced to prevent predators crossing into the livestock areas.There should be a quarantine camp where cattle are screened andreturned to their owners, if they are not infected by FMD. Cattle thatare killed are compensated with P 400 only. I asked our MP, Frank Ramsden, to bring our concerns up in parliament.Buffalo Fence Elephants BoroWhen elephants destroy the buffalo fence, buffaloes use the gaps tocross into the communal area. They are driven back across the fenceby helicopter, whereas our cattle that cross into the cattle free zone arekilled. Please pass on our concern, so that some of these laws andregulations are changed.Buffalo Fence Elephants BoroThe suggestions we have already made on how to solve the human –elephant conflict are disregarded by government. Government has todo something and cannot keep hiding behind internationalconventions.CITES Elephants BoroElephants are now destroying our fields. Crop Damage Elephants BoroElephants are destroying the vegetation, but government is reluctant toreduce the elephant population.PopulationIncreaseElephants BoroThe elephant population should be reduced. PopulationIncreaseElephants BoroBecause the hunting of elephants was forbidden for a long time, thepopulation increased.PopulationIncreaseElephants BoroElephants are destroying field fences and crops. The costs to replacethe fences and crop losses should be compensated for adequately.CompensationRatesElephants ChanogaWhen elephants destroy our fields, we often do not have transport toreport such incidents. When the DWNP passes through our village,they should stop and assist us in forwarding our claims.Procedures Elephants Chanoga
 
Issues and observationsIssue SubGroupIssue Group Village
Elephants are constantly damaging our crops. The livelihoods of manysingle headed households, who have to take care of the children,depend on crop production and on selling reeds. We are no longer ableto plough as there are too many elephants in our area. I would like tosend my children to school to get educated and have better chances inlife.Crop Damage Elephants DitshipingIf we did not grow water melons that attract the elephants, would webe faced with less crop damage?Crop Damage Elephants EretshaIf elephants damage our fields, can we also report these cases to thefishery department as they are under DWNP as well?Procedures Elephants EretshaElephant numbers have to be reduced. They are causing a lot of damage to the property of individuals and to the country as a whole asthe vegetation gets destroyed.ReduceNumbersElephants EretshaElephants and other animals are increasingly expanding their rangeand hence humans and wildlife interact more frequently which causesa lot of friction.Elephant Range Elephants Etsha 13Maybe government should provide artificial water points to reducethis conflict.WateringPointsElephants Etsha 13When the open water sources in the dryland dry up, elephants becomedesperate and destroy the fence to get across into the floodplains.Elephant Range Elephants GudigwaWhy do you come back to get more issues from us without providingus with solutions to the problems we raised during the last year’skgotla meetings? We need pilot projects to test how to deal with theelephant problem in the most affected villages. The mitigationmeasure suggested by the DWNP to hang tins up on strings aroundour fields did not help. We are afraid of male elephants. They causemost of the damage. The male elephants are not scared of the tins butfemale elephants can be scared away by this measure. You are here toget our ideas. Use them to help to solve the problem. In the olden dayselephants were scared of people as they experienced that they get shotwhen they come too close to human settlements. You cannot guardyour property against elephants. When you want to chase awayelephants you must target the matriarchs who lead the whole herd.Pilot Projects Elephants GudigwaThe increase in number of elephants, especially near major settlementsat the edges of the delta, may have been caused by noise pollutionfrom generators etc. in tourism camps deep in the swamps.Impact TourismElephants GumareWhy does DWNP act so slowly when elephants destroy boreholes andwater reservoirs?Slow Response Elephants GumareWhat is being done by DWNP to conserve elephants and predators bytranslocating them to small game parks or sanctuaries in areas wheresuch animals are no longer present?Translocation Elephants GumareWhen will government start to cull elephants? Culling Elephants GunotsogaI want to know which elephants products have been sold to create theConservation Trust Fund. Are the products derived from the elephantsthat destroyed my field in Habu?CTF Elephants HabuI think all elephants that destroy crops should be killed and the salefrom such elephant products should benefit the affected farmersdirectly.Kill Elephants HabuHow can we deal with elephants destroying the vegetation anddamaging our fields? We cannot chase them away. Should we killthem? The DWNP is not controlling their movement effectively and isonly paying very low compensation rates.CompensationRatesElephants IkogaProblem elephants that terrorise the communal areas should be killed.You have to kill the bull in order to chase the entire herd away. Whenwe used to hunt elephants, they stayed away from huan settlements.Kill Elephants Ikoga
 
Issues and observationsIssue SubGroupIssue Group Village
Elephants have increased in number and are troubling us in our landsareas.PopulationIncreaseElephants IkogaSince 1996 elephants have been terrorising me at my lands. I have stillnot been compensated for crop losses.Slow Response Elephants IkogaIn 1998 we had 80,000 elephants in the country. How much has theelephant population in Botswana increased since then?PopulationIncreaseElephants KauxwiThe number of elephants has to be decreased. They are breaking thefences of our fields and are destroying our crops. We can not live withso many elephants in a communal area.ReduceNumbersElephants KauxwiAt present mainly male elephants are hunted, while females continueto reproduce. I suggest that female elephants should also be huntedand that that elephant products should be processed in this country.More elephants could be trained for other uses like at Elephant Back Safaris.Hunting Elephants KhwaiLooking at the rapidly increasing elephant numbers it appears that theDWNP has not been able to control the population. The vegetationalong the Chobe riverfront has been devastated. What is the DWNPdoing to conserve the vegetation in the national parks? Elephants aremoving into areas they never occupied before. The excess number of elephants should be culled.PopulationIncreaseElephants KhwaiIt seems to be difficult to control the movements of certain problemanimals like elephants and lions. Why do we not learn from theexperience gained in neighbouring countries how to deal with theseproblem animals?Learn fromOthersElephants KomanaElephants are pushing trees and other vegetation into the channel. Willthe DWA remove these vegetation blockages in the river?RiverBlockagesElephants MababeWhen elephants break the buffalo fence, cattle cross into the cattlefree zone and get shot by the DAHP.Buffalo Fence Elephants MatlapanengLand available for communal use is limited. Now we have to share thesame piece with elephants. We have to be productive and we needland. We cannot all rely on drought relief projects.Elephant Range Elephants MatlapanengElephant numbers have increased because the government protectsthem. In the past there were not so many elephants.PopulationIncreaseElephants MatlapanengRecently a delegation came to the village which told us not to doanything if wildlife damages our fields. DWNP is aware that elephantnumbers have increased tremendously.PopulationIncreaseElephants MatlapanengWhy does government not reduce elephant numbers even though it isobvious how much damage they cause?ReduceNumbersElephants MatlapanengThe sale of elephant products is controlled by CITES. That is the mainimpediment for us to deal with the elephant problem.CITES Elephants MaunElephant numbers have increased to such an extent that they evencome into the Maun area. Last year a child that was out herding cattlegot killed by an elephant. What is the DWNP doing about suchproblem animals?Human Life Elephants MaunThe increasing number of elephants are destroying the vegetation.Solutions need to be found to reduce this negative impact. Someelephants could be sold to countries that want them. The vegetationdoes not sustain such large numbers of elephants.Translocation Elephants MaunThe excess number of elephants should be sold to other countries. Translocation Elephants MaunElephant numbers need to reduced by giving some to other countries. Translocation Elephants MaunIf elephant destroy the buffalo fence why are they not killed on thespot?Kill Elephants MogothoThere are too many elephants that destroy our fields. We are notallowed to kill them and get only a minimal amount of compensationReduceNumbersElephants Mogotho

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