This project, a time-sensitive data rescue exercise, is intended to ensure continued access to legacy biodiversity data related to animals formerly hunted in Botswana.
The Botswana Wildlife Management Association, established in 1993 to represent the country’s trophy hunting industry, participated in Botswana’s wildlife community of practice through consultative workshops, meetings and direct lobbying activities, collecting its own data, and commissioning research in anticipation of policy shifts.
The Association’s records of these activities include reports, Excel datasets, lists, and correspondence, related to hunting quotas, trophy descriptions, and biological specimens.
The 2014 moratorium on hunting in Botswana suspended most of the work of the Association, and its collections have been stored temporarily. Long-term stewardship of the collections is uncertain.
This project inventories and secures the BWMA’s collections to make them available to future researchers.
A project inception meeting with representatives from the Okavango Research Institute, the BWMA, and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks clarified the project partner’s roles and responsibilities.
The project team completed a records inventory for the BWMA’s hard copy files and biological specimens, and transfered selected files from BWMA offices to the University of Botswana Okavango Research Institute Library. Data already recorded in Excel document were transfered to a server managed by the Okavango Research Centre’s GIS Laboratory.