Ensuring the Bushmen's Right to Free Prior and Informed Consent

Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
2010 - Present

First Peoples of the Kalahari (FPK) asked Land is Life to help make sure that the right to Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) was upheld during a joint venture between GEM Mining and a water NGO in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR).

The Land is Life Secretariat made sure that both parties adhered to FPIC.

The First Peoples of Kalahari and Land is Life have been collaborating since 2010. FPK requested that Land is Life serve as an advisor to ensure that GEM Mining and a water NGO respect the rights of the Kua who live within the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR).

The access to water inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve has been continuously debated in court by both the Kua and the Government of Botswana. Strategically, the government has banned all livestock from the CKGR, including donkeys, which were previously used to carry water long distances. Methods of intimidation by police and military have been noted and continue to occur despite court rulings in the favor of the Kua’s access to water.

Land is Life and FPK made sure that GEM Mining and a water NGO consulted with all communities before initiating their project to rehabilitate old wells and drill new ones. This included providing all information on the project and a request for a full accounting.