Tshekedi Khama, Botswana Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, says his country is under unprecedented pressure from the pro-hunting lobby in the European Union and regional neighbours to lift the hunting ban imposed in 2014.
Addressing a press conference in Maun this week, Khama said: “Botswana remains resolute in supporting the ending of the ivory trade. We have stopped hunting (since 2014), but our neighbours still undertake trophy hunting and practice captive animal breeding.
Botswana has stopped the introduction of a $30 tourism development levy.
Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Permanent Secretary, Jimmy Opelo, said the proposed levy had been withdrawn to allow the government more time to consult the industry. “This withdrawal will enable the Ministry and the Botswana Tourism Organisation to conduct further engagement with various stakeholders.”
The tourism levy was intended to sustain tourism facilities. It will be resubmitted to parliament after thorough co...