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Botswana

chrisgbelephantAt present, the majority of CMP’s work in Botswana is centered around the Okavango Delta in the country’s most northeastern province, Ngamiland. The Delta, also known as “The Jewel of the Kalahari,” is one of the most important wildlife hotspots in Africa. In the heat of the Kalahari dry season, the Delta is flooded by the waters of the Angolan highlands, creating an oasis for elephants, lions, giraffes, hippopotami, red lechwe, and an abundance of species of all shapes and sizes. It is, by far, a one-of-a-kind place on earth.

In addition to natural heritage, this place is home to a wealth of cultural heritage as well. At least 12 different languages are spoken in the Delta, and with each of these come different styles of singing and dancing. The variety of homemade traditional instruments is fascinating, but unfortunately, many of these instruments, dances, traditional songs–even languages–are beginning to dry up and fade away. Among its other goals and targets, the Conservation Music Project hopes to play a role in maintaining the importance and the relevance of musical traditions in the area!

Targets

Our conservation targets in Botswana are as follows:

Wildlife Conservation
Overfishing
Excessive Livestock
Water
Climate Change
HIV/AIDS

Musicians

Local musicians involved include (but are not limited to):

  • Gongwe Wamana, Four-string Guitar, Seronga
  • Mohale, Mbira/Setinkane, Mbiroba
  • Thopo Tom, Sigorogoro, Seronga
  • Stiga Sola Molifi, Four-string Guitar, Maun
  • Sereetsi and the Natives, Band, Gaborone
  • HT Tautona, Rapper, Maun/Gaborone
  • Lesego Nchunga, Poet, Gaborone

Partners

A growing number of NGOs and individuals around Lesotho are offering to volunteer their time and/or expertise. These people and organizations include (but are not limited to):

  • Karyn Ross, Program Design Director, African Wildlife Foundation
  • Earl Miller, U.S. Ambassador, Embassy of the United States of America
  • Elena Andreotti, Program Officer, Embassy of the United States of America
  • Steve Boyes, Project Leader, Okavango Wilderness Project
  • John Hilton, Project Director, Okavango Wilderness Project
  • Monametsi Sokwe, Executive Director, Ngamiland Council of Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Thato Molosi, Director, Poetavango
  • Thalefang Charles, New Media Coordinator, Mmegi News Corporation