Re: [botswanapredatorforum] impacts of use of poisons on wildlifeThe original EIA study (which I wrote) strongly advocated that the road should not be fenced and Doug ??? who was Chief Biologist in DWNP in the 1980's said that fencing the road would destroy any chance of rebuilding wildlife populations in the western sandveld. The problem here is two-fold: 1.. A DWNP that hasn't got its eye on the ball and frankly lacks the professional capability to appraise the impact of this type of development objectively. 2.. A Minister of Transport with an agenda that excludes such considerations. Johnny Swartz (previous Minister of Transport) told me many years ago that the road would be fenced and the project was initiated when he was Minister of Transport. You should look into the possibility that he has a vested interest (shares in a fencing contractor is one possibility). If you want to stop it at this stage, an approach to the President is your only hope. Richard White ----- Original Message ----- From: mark To: botswanapredatorforum@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2011 12:32 PM Subject: [botswanapredatorforum] Ghantzi Road Fence Does anybody have any information on the Ghantzi road fence?? I am aware that a few years ago, some organisation (WCS??) sponsored a EURO 5 million study looking at the wildlife corridor between CKGR and KTP, and worked with the communities in those areas. I think ex DWNP director Mr Sedia Modisa was involved. Anyway, there is now a double bonnox fence with barbed wire running on both sides of the Jwaneng to Ghantzi road, which is a fairly effective barrier to wildlife movement in these areas I am sure. The fence, by its markings is not simply near villages but is marked or being constructed in the WMas too. A few questions. I thought that some vestiges of a migratory route for the few wildebeeste left in CKGR moves across between Sekgoma and Kang. I have seen wild dogs, lion and cheetah crossing this section of road in the last 10 years, as well as Hartebeeste and Springbok? Why is the reserve not being fenced with normal barbed wire. A five strand barbed wire fence inhibits cattle but not wildlife?? Dos DWNP know of the existence of this fence, and was the WCS?? study made available to the roads department?? This to me seems another study done, and placed on a shelf to retain dust and not be shared between ministries??