In its continued efforts to promote nature conservation and sustainable environment, Junior Ranger Botswana will hold a biodiversity and wildlife conservation conference on the 19 October 2022 in Maun.
The aim of the conference is to raise awareness, educate and nurture students, teachers and other members of the community on biodiversity and wildlife conservation issues.
During the conference, different government departments and non-governmental organizations and tour operators will participate in a panel discussion to be held under the theme: Biodiversity on the edge.
Junior Ranger Botswana Coordinator Agang Tsheko noted that the environment is currently under the threat of climate change therefore it is important to create awareness on environmental conservation issues more especially among the children as they are the future custodians of the planet.
Tsheko explained that as a way of raising awareness about the biodiversity and wildlife conservation issues, the experts from the participating organisations will educate the attendants about their mandate and create awareness about the opportunities they offer.
She stated that during the conference there will be an award ceremony for the piggy bank competition which was hosted in Maun Main Kgotla in March this year. The competition was a partnership between Junior Ranger Botswana and StartUp4kids Botswana who had brought together students from different member schools to make piggy banks from recyclable waste.
The aim of the piggybank Competition was to, encourage recycling & re-using of waste to make something new, to start a conversation that involves children in saving money and to save resources like electricity and water.
The Biodiversity and Wildlife Conservation conference was initiated by Knyphausen Stiftung organization and startUp4kids foundation in partnership with different environmental conservation stakeholders.
The StartUp4kids Foundation produces educational material on nature-specific topics, which serves as a practical reference work for the children and young people of the program. The Knyphausen Stiftung is a non-profit making organization that educates the children and youth in Botswana about conservation and protection of their natural environment.
Junior Ranger Botswana was established in 2017 and the NGO teaches young people about specific environmental protection topics in educational units both at schools and in a nearby wildlife park in Maun – directly in the nature. Among the 11 schools in Maun, the organisation has 420 members and they are engage on a weekly basis for environmental conservation lessons.