Maxwell Gomera

Elephants in the room

Science should lead the way in society’s efforts to protect habitats, wildlife and people’s livelihoods

The future of wildlife lies in the hands of people who live alongside it

Armchair conservationists confuse the issue because they aren’t aware of its complexities

Botswana’s lifting of hunting ban will protect wildlife

But benefits of the policy change need to flow to people in rural areas and external stakeholders must reach a truce on conservation concerns

Until poor rural people can eat, wildlife will decline

A working relationship between them must be established if conservation is to succeed

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