Why Did the Safari Hunting Ban in Botswana Fail Both the Wildlife and the Communities?

Botswana’s tourism industry is largely nature-based, relying on wildlife resources. In the 1990’s the Community-based Natural Resource Management program (CBNRM) was adopted. The idea? When peoples’ livelihoods are improved through tourism, communities are more inclined to conserve natural resources.

In 2014 the Botswana government closed safari hunting on all but private land. This short video highlights the findings of a study by Joseph E. Mbaiwa, University of Botswana, “THE EFFECTS OF THE SAFARI HUNTING TOURISM BAN ON RURAL LIVELIHOODS AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION IN NORTHERN BOTSWANA”