Friday, March 04, 2011

Botswana gets it right!

On a continent with a poor record for taking care of its wildlife and habitats, Botswana is bucking the trend. This success has been built on each successive government 's awareness of the country's environmental assets and its understanding that a well-managed ecotourism industry is vital to the economy. As a result, low volume tourism remains a core tenet in the strategies that dictate the management of the wildlife concessions in the northern regions. Botswana has also taken the lead in promoting non-consumptive, photography-based ecotourism models rather than trophy hunting. This approach has since proved beyond doubt that photographic safaris are more beneficial in the long term. You can read more on this article in the latest Africa geographic in the ORI Library.

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