Ngamiland Sustainable Land Management Project (NSLMP) Donates fire fighting and bush encroachment equipment to Ngamiland communities

Apr 5, 2018

The Ngamiland Sustainable Land Management Project (NSLMP) in collaboration with Department of Forestry Range and Resources(DFRR) organised a ceremony at Maun lodge on the 5th of April to hand over fire-fighting and bush encroachment equipment to community leaders of Lake Ngami catchment area and Tsodilo Enclave catchment area.

The event was graced by the Acting Kgosi Kgolo of Batawana Ms Kealetile Moremi, District Commissioner Mr Keolopile Leipego and North West District Council Chairman Mr Dungan Enga among other dignitaries. This initiative benefited 20 communities namely Sehithwa, Bothatogo, Legothwane, Bodibeng, Kareng, Bodibeng, Tsodilo, Etsha 1, Etsha 6, Etsha 13, Nxamasere, Ikoga, Nxauxau, Shaikarawe, Mowana/Tamachaa, Chukumuchu, Qangwa, Xaixai, Gani and Sepopa.

The equipment handed over included Chainsaws with extra chains, Filling kits, protective clothing(Trouser, Jackets, Helmet and gloves), Spades, Axes, Bow Saw, blades, Machetes & Bospicks. In her opening remarks, Acting Kgosi Kgolo of Batawana Ms Kealetile Moremi highlighted that the Ngamiland District has benefited immensely from the Ngamiland SLM Project and hope that the equipment received will further help in dealing with destructive wild fires as well as invasive bush encroachment plants that are taking over the grazing lands.She added that she was impressed by the extend of reach of the Ngamiland SLM Project, reaching out to far away villages like Shaikarawe, Gani, Chukumumuchu, Nxauxau and others.

North West District Council Chairman Mr Dungan Enga expressed gratefulness to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) / Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the continued support they have given to Botswana over the years. He said that the relationship between Botswana and in particular Ngamiland and the UNDP goes a long way. The District has benefited from several other projects sponsored by UNDP/GEF including the BIOKAVANGO Project. He added that the handing over of both fire-fighting equipment, protective clothing and bush encroachment management equipment are intended to improve our range lands and fight fires, which are frequently used every year. Ultimately this intervention should improve the livelihoods of our local communities.

One of the beneficiary Kgosi Boitshepo Forosi of Etsha 6 thanked Ngamiland Sustainable Land Management Project Manager Mr Innocent Magole for the good gesture and urged the community leaders to use the equipment so that they can benefit the community at large and not keep them locked in storage.

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