Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism has undertaken a process to determine the viability of commercialising four strategically located educational parks. Answering a parliamentary question, tourism minister, Kitso Mokaila said the four strategically located educational parks are Gaborone Game Reserve, Francistown Educational Park, Dithopo Game Ranch and Maun Wildlife Educational Park. Mokaila said his ministry has engaged consultants to develop management plans for these educational parks to guide on the best management practices and uses that would yield optimum returns.
Mokaila said in order to ensure effective utilisation of natural resources, the ministry is reviewing applicable management processes. He added that this is done with a view to optimising their returns and provide economic spin offs to the affected communities and the nation at large. He stated that the consultancies have a strong consultation process with stakeholders adding that once the management plans have been completed, and management options presented, the ministry will consult with the stakeholders including the Maun community and their leadership.
Mokaila said in May 2011 the ministry formally requested District Commissioners, Council Secretaries and Town Clerks of the affected areas to initiate a consultative process for the exercise. He said Maun Education Park is strategically located in a gateway to the internationally renowned tourist destination of the Okavango Delta and has potential to capture spin offs of the tourism industry. Mokaila said it is therefore in the ministry’s vision to see that the piece of land attain its potential and optimize returns to its stakeholders. Maun West MP, Tawana Moremi had asked the minister to update Parliament on the consultations regarding the utilization of Maun Educational Park, whether the MP for Maun West Constituency had been consulted on the issue and which other political body the minister had consulted.