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The Botswana Conservation Parliamentary Caucus (BOCOPAC) is a multiparty coalition of Parliamentarians, including Cabinet Ministers, committed to elevating the role that natural resource management plays in domestic policy and regional development.

There is a great need to build the political will that drives improvements in the environmental and community development sectors, and to sustain policymaker engagement both now and in the future. BOCOPAC recognizes that conservation and development go hand-in-hand, and that a balanced approach to conservation policy is critical to securing the future of Botswana’s natural resources and sustainable growth.

BOCOPAC was launched in April 2016 and is currently comprised of 17 Members of Parliament who are committed to eradicating poverty and driving economic growth through sustainable natural resource management. BOCOPAC will work with stakeholders across parties, Ministries, relevant Parliamentary standing committees, and sectors to strengthen legislation, policy, international partnerships, and other initiatives to advance Botswana’s leadership in conservation. The BOCOPAC joins a community of conservation caucuses in legislatures around the world working collaboratively to address global conservation challenges.


The Caucus

Members

Hon. Bagalatia Arone
Hon. Biggie Butale
Hon. Assistant Minister Botlogile Tshireletso

Hon. Buti Billy
The Speaker Ms Gladys T K Kokorwe
Hon. Ignatius Moswaane
Hon. Itumeleng Moipisi
Deputy Speaker Hon. Kagiso Molatlhegi

His Honour the Vice President
Hon. Noah Salakae
Hon. Polson Majaga
Hon. Ronald Shamukuni
Hon. Sethomo Lelatisitswe

Hon. Minister Slumber Tsogwane
Hon. Tawana Moremi
Hon. Assistant Minister Van der Westhuizen
Hon. Wynter Mmolotsi
 


Priority Issues

Caucus members have resolved to pursue actions for natural resource governance, conservation, and sustainable economic development, specifically:

  • Ensuring protections for wildlife species and combating wildlife, forest, and fisheries crimes;
  • Facilitating best practices in wildlife management;
  • Promoting sustainable wildlife tourism development;
  • Encouraging sound natural resource management practices across all economic sectors;
  • Promoting climate adaptation and preparedness mechanisms, including green energy, sustainable agriculture practices, and enhanced water resource management;
  • Promoting local community ownership of natural resources and access to benefits derived from natural resource use; and
  • Facilitating effective public-private partnerships that benefit local communities, businesses, and the national economy to enable economic growth and vitality in natural resource sectors;

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