Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Effects of the safari hunting tourism ban on rural livelihoods and wildlife conservation in Northern Botswana by Joseph E. Mbaiwa


 This paper examines the effects of the safari hunting ban of 2014 on rural livelihoods and wildlife conservation in Northern Botswana using the social exchange theory. The paper used both primary and secondary data sources. Data were analysed qualitatively. Results indicate that the ban led to a reduction of tourism benefits to local communities such as: income, employment opportunities, social services such as funeral insurance, scholarships and income required to make provision of housing for the needy and elderly. After the hunting ban, communities were forced to shifts from hunting to photographic tourism. Reduced tourism benefits have led to the development of negative attitudes by rural residents towards wildlife conservation and the increase in incidents of poaching in Northern Botswana. The implications of hunting ban suggest that policy shifts that affect wildlife conservation and rural livelihoods need to be informed by socio-economic and ecological research. This participatory and scientific approach to decision-making has the potential to contribute sustainability of livelihoods and wildlife conservation in Botswana.


Thursday, December 07, 2017

JRS Award to Develop a Low Cost Fisheries Monitoring Program for the Okavango Delta

 The JRS Biodiversity Foundation has announce  $180,900 grant to the University of Botswana Okavango Research Institute (ORI) to implement a pilot project to develop a scalable fisheries monitoring system in the Okavango Delta using low‐cost technology. Professor Keta Mosepele will lead the project.  

The Okavango Delta is a globally important freshwater wetland that supports a rich and diverse ecosystem in the otherwise arid southern African region. In addition to supporting unique flora and fauna, the ecosystem supports services ranging from crop irrigation to a growing tourism economy. Of particular importance is the Delta’s support of subsistence and small-scale commercial fisheries, which comprise the livelihoods of thousands of people.

Continue reading: http://jrsbiodiversity.org/ori-2017-announcement/

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Wildlife Techniques Manual, Volumes 1 & 2

Volume 1: Research.
Volume 2: Management

An outstanding resource on wildlife biology, conservation, and management. This comprehensive two-volume set provides detailed information on methods used in the field and laboratory.
Volume 1 focuses on research techniques.Volume 2 covers management methodologies. Topics include: experimental design, wildlife health and disease, capture techniques, population estimation, telemetry, vegetation analysis, conservation genetics, wildlife damage management, urban wildlife management, and habitat conservation planning.

A complete set of this book is available in the library.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fisheries governance, management and marginalisation in developing countries: Insights from Botswana

 By Ketlhatlogile Mosepele  and Oluwatoyin Dare Kolawole


Globally, fish is a key source of food and nutrition security for all marginalized riparian communities. This is particularly so for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Indeed, debates about power relations on fisheries governance underscore issues bordering on the quality of life and livelihood opportunities for marginalized, riparian communities. The fundamental problems impeding the ability of fisheries resources in a developing country like Botswana to contribute to food and nutrition security are governance issues and poorly-thought out management approaches. This study reviewed relevant literature and key informant interviews to elicit secondary and primary data on the management of the fisheries sector. Despite its middle income status, Botswana is still faced with food and nutrition insecurity. These can be ameliorated by increased supply of fish, especially to marginalised riparian communities. However, the fisheries sector is maligned in terms of access to human and financial resources. Governance of the sector is also misaligned between food production needs and conservation imperatives. Consequently, poor physical infrastructure (due to low government support and investment) has limited the optimal performance of the sector in enhancing people’ livelihoods. Key recommendations from this study include: (i) realigning fisheries legislation and governance, (ii) paradigm shift in management, (iii) increase funding for research and marketing, (iv) infrastructural development, (v) cultural shift in fish valuation, and (vi) participatory inclusion in decision-making. Ultimately, marginalisation can be reduced through devolution of power from the centre to the margins. This would contribute towards alleviating food and nutrition insecurity in the developing world.

 Continue reading: https://www.cogentoa.com/article/10.1080/23311932.2017.1338637

Friday, June 16, 2017

Call for good and promising practices on the use of ICTs for Agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the e-Agriculture Community of Practice (COP) are launching a call for good and promising practices on the use of ICTs for Agriculture.

The call aims at collecting lessons learned and recommendations of ICT for agriculture initiatives around the world and sharing them among the members and followers of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice and beyond.

The selected good and promising practices will be disseminated on the e-Agriculture platform and social media and will be part of an online FAO publication “Good Practices on the use of ICTs for Agriculture”.

A webinar on the topic of experience capitalization and good practices in ICTs in agriculture will be organized to provide the members of the COP and other interested participants with the necessary tools and methodology.

The webinar will be delivered in three languages (English/Spanish/French). Participants will have the opportunity to request methodological support from FAO and CTA via a dedicated forum page or via email (info@e-agriculture.org)

Read more: http://www.e-agriculture.org/news/call-good-and-promising-practices-use-icts-agriculture

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


ORI library will from the 19th June to 28 July close late in the evenings . The extended opening hours are as follows:

Monday - Thursday #  7:45 - 20:00 hrs
Friday -                         Normal Opening
Saturday -                    10:00 - 16:30 hrs
Sunday                         10: 00 - 15:00 hrs

Please note that the library will be closed during public holidays.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Different countries have set out dates to commemorate heritage. There are varying aspects of heritage hence the varying dates as set out by various countries. Different aspects of heritage such as monuments and sites, audio visual heritage and cultural heritage are observed by different countries throughout the world. In recognition of the importance of heritage to nation building, the Special Collections wishes to commemorate these days as a way to bring awareness to the public and clients of the need to protect, preserve and celebrate Botswana and Africa’s diverse heritage. In particular we draw reference to 18th April, a date set to commemorate the International Day for Monuments and Sites.

This day is celebrated by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and countries throughout the world following its approval by 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983. The 2017 theme is “Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism”, chosen in relation to the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals

The University of Botswana Library-Special Collections Unit, in collaboration with the Okavango Research Institute would like to commemorate the International Day for Monuments and Sites on the 18th April 2017 and 20th April respectively, for the first time in history. The rationale for the commemoration of this day is to provide Information (creation, collation and processing), Education Communication (IEP) on Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism as per the 2017 theme. A number of activities to commemorate the day have been outlined and these are to be shared between the Special Collections Unit and the ORI Library. Below are the activities:
  • §  Special Collections - An article (conceptual article on the importance of cultural heritage) to publish on the Special Collections blog, ORI library Facebook page and newspapers for awareness to the public (UB Horizon and ORI library newsletter).
  • §  ORI Library - A public lecture on cultural heritage and sustainable tourism followed by an open discussion hosted at ORI with the public invited. The rationale for the public lecture is to create a platform for researchers, industry operators and ordinary people to share ideas on best practice for sustainable tourism, challenges faced in ensuring sustainability of tourism and how to incorporate local cultural heritage and its preservation in a fast-changing world.
  • §  ORI Library - A collaborative material exhibition by UB-ORI library depicting documentation on cultural heritage, sustainable tourism, monuments & sites contained in these libraries. Another part of the exhibition will be in the form of artefacts by tourism vendors such as basket weavers, sculptors, painters (Artists) and souvenir shops of such speaking to the theme.
  • §  Exhibitors - A guided tour of stalls for attendees.

§  We hope to partner with Nhabe Museum and host the event at their venue.

  • *      Identify researchers to present on Cultural heritage and sustainable tourism- a learning curve for Botswana. The presenter can be from ORI or OKACOM or even a graduate student from ORI
  • *      Market the event-invite all stakeholders
  • *      Where possible organise refreshments
  • *      Invite libraries, information centres, booksellers, sculptors, artists and souvenir stores to exhibit their products in stalls for the attendees to be given guided tours
  • *      Take pictures (and video if possible) for documentation of the event

 We invite you to join us in marking this day with the international community. Any changes on the venue will be communicated immediately