Environment and Tourism
The preservation of the environment is rightly one of the major concerns of Botswana, and France is also committed to assist the country for the realization of the objectives it set in this field. The Ambassador signed last year an agreement for the implementation of the Western Kgalagadi Conservation Corridor (WKCC) Project, which is an exciting initiative identified by the Botswana government in collaboration with Conservation International and the French Global Environmental Fund (Fonds Français pour l’Environnement mondial - FFEM). The project has two overarching aims: to conserve the biodiversity and integrity of the Western Kalahari ecosystem by establishing ecological corridors between the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP), and to improve the quality of life of the local communities. FFEM is supporting this four-year project with 935 000 Euros (close to 8 Million Pulas).
Directly linked with the environmental issue, France is also deeply involved in the creation of the ITRC (International Tourism Research Centre) of the University of Botswana, and participated in the organisation of the inaugural workshop which took place at the end of September. The objective of this Centre is the development of a network of specialized institutions which will lead investigations on the problematic of Tourism. By bringing together researchers from the Continent and the North, we hope that the collaborative research that will emerge will inform leaders and private stakeholders on the right strategies to adopt so that tourism benefits to each and everyone.