Wednesday, July 24, 2024

KAZA communities edgy over life after Masisi

Most local conservationists lean one of two ways: The proposed Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) bill is good or the proposed CBNRM bill is bad.

As for Siyoka Simasiku, well, it’s complicated.

The Executive Director for Ngamiland Council of NGOs (NCONGO) is not very excited, just happy-ish, with the bill.

In the same breath, however, he is very excited that the bill is being tabled in parliament.

On the sidelines of the recent Kavango Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA) TFCA Summit in Livingstone, Zambia, The Sunday Standard tried to untangle Simasiku’s knot of “happy-ish” and “excited” over the CBNRM bill: “There are things I am not happy about in the bill. I appreciate that this is an encouraging start and I want it to pass through parliament and be on our statute books as work in progress, because we may never have a president who is as supportive of community conservation as the current president.”

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