Securing critical habitat in southern Botswana

Alwyn Myburgh
Grantee Kalahari Research & Conservation
Type Human-wildlife Coexistence
Location Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Grant Amount $300,000
Duration 3 years

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) and the intervening Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) form critical habitat for lions and encompass a population of at least 1,475 individuals. The WMAs in between CKGR and KTP are threatened by human development and lions are further threatened by human-lion conflict. Kalahari Research and Conservation, in conjunction with Cheetah Conservation Botswana, have developed a project designed to support land use planning to prevent loss of critical habitat in the WMAs, to increase wildlife management capacity in those areas and to tackle human-lion conflict. A second grant was issued to Kalahari Research & Conservation in 2020 to establish a ‘performance payments’ program, whereby communities will be rewarded for managing livestock in a manner conducive to wildlife conservation.