Do., 15. Juni|
Talk: Robert K. Hitchcock (University of New Mexico)
Title: Resettlement and Resistance in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
15. Juni, 16:00 MESZ – 16. Juni, 16:00 MESZ
This presentation will address issues relating to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana which is a large protected area of 52,730 sq km. In 1997 and 2002 over 2,000 San and Bakgalagadi were relocated involuntarily out of the reserve. From 2004-2006 a legal case was brought against the Botswana government which was won by the former residents, some of whom returned to the Central Kalahari and took up residence in 5 communities. In 2011 the residents won the right to water which set a world-wide precedent. Since that time the Botswana government has continued to pressure the residents to leave the reserve, efforts which have been resisted by the peoples of the Central Kalahari who remain resilient. Recent events include the familiar of the government to allow the CKGR communities to have their own community trusts and to engage in tourism on their own, and the government's refusal to allow the family of a man who died in December 2021 to bury his body in the Central Kalahari where he had resided. Discussions today revolve around the human rights of the people of the Central Kalahari.