Thursday, July 14, 2016

African Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management: Theory and Practice

    Dr Susan Keitumetse, a Research Scholar at ORI, has recently had a book titled: African Cultural      
Heritage Conservation and Management: Theory and Pracice; published by Springer Publishers.

The book with 9 chapters, offers a synchronised scholarly and practical approach to African cultural heritage resources conservation, adequate with the emerging field of cultural heritage studies in the modern world. It introduces the hypothetical approaches to cultural heritage studies and practice from an African context which is currently missing in the literature on the subject. Furthermore, the book provides a research and teaching guide as well as instructional material to academics interested in African cultural heritage resources.

The book is now out online, with table of contents and is ready for orders from the publisher. Delivery is free by publisher.

Click the link for details: The book

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

ORI Library to Archive BWMA' s Hunting Data & Records

Following suspension of the commercial hunting industry in 2014, the Botswana Wildlife Management Association (BWMA) is winding up its operations and wishes to preserve the data and records accumulated over the years. The information collected will be transferred to ORI Library which will provide access to this legacy collection.

The Library will be working with BWMA to process the materials so that the data can be incorporated in the library collection. Library staff will also make this information publicly available by entering the data in to the online database of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility's - Biodiversity Information for Development which is funded by the European Union.

Information in this records includes reports, quotas, correspondence, trophy descriptions and biological specimens. The collection contains unique and baseline data that is useful in planning for the sustainable use of wildlife.

Monday, July 11, 2016

New Home Malaria Test Could Save Lives

By Ethan Harfenist 
 For regions of the world where malaria remains rampant, contracting the mosquito-borne parasite can still mean death. In order to help poor and rural populations with limited access to health clinics avoid such an outcome, researchers at Ohio State University are developing a 50-cent paper strip that detects diseases such as malaria earlier on, allowing people to seek treatment before the worst symptoms kick in.


Thursday, July 07, 2016

Statistical Modelling of Botswana’s Monthly Maximum Wind Speed using a Four-Parameter Kappa Distribution

 By Oliver Moses and Bhagabat Prasad Parida
Wind speed is an important factor in many sectors. For instance, it is an important parameter in the estimation of evapotranspiration for agricultural purposes (Valipour and Eslamian, 2014; Valipour, 2014a; 2014b; 2015a; 2015b; 2015c; 2015d). It is also an important factor for engineers in the construction industry, who use it to calculate wind uplift loads (Liu, 1991; Dyrbye and Hansen, 1997; Rosowsky and Cheng, 1999; Kumar and Stathopoulos, 2000; Zhou et al., 2002). 

In this study, Botswana's wind speed is being studied mainly for renewable energy applications (Chiodo, 2013; Mukhopadhyay et al., 2014). With the growing rate of urbanisation, Botswana’s urban clusters have recently been experiencing energy shortages. Therefore, it has become necessary to explore alternative,
environmentally friendly energy sources such as wind mills to meet localised demands.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

True bugs (Hemiptera-Heteroptera) of Botswana-Bibliographical inventory and new records

By  Andreas Kruger & Jurgen Deckert


The knowledge of insect biodiversity of Botswana is far from perfect. By 2015, there were only inventories publicly avail­able for butterflies, dragonflies and grasshoppers. Here we report 331 species and subspecies of true bugs (Heteroptera), of which 242 records were extracted from scattered published literature and online sources, and 89 (27%) are new records for Botswana. These data significantly increase the number of insect species known from Botswana by roughly 30%.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

African Journals Online (AJOL)

African Journals OnLine (AJOL) is the world's largest and pre-eminent collection of peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals.

Historically, scholarly information has flowed from North to South and from West to East. It has also been difficult for African researchers to access the work of other African academics. In partnership with hundreds of journals from all over the continent, AJOL works to change this, so that African-origin research output is available to Africans and to the rest of the world. 

For more Information visit:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Research Presentations

The University of Botswana, in collaboration with Kwando Safaris, would like to present the eleventh in a series of research talks.

Topics that will be presented this month are as follows :

  • Herbivore size interacts with habitat productivity to determine plant diversity and community structure in an African Savanna - Dr Richard Fynn (Okavango Research Institute)

  • Successes and challenges of Community Based Natural Resource Management In Botswana - Prof Joseph Mbaiwa / Prof. Toyin Kolawole  (Okavango Research Institute)

  • The key principles of large carnivore conservation - Ms Hanlie Winterbach (Tau Consultants)

Venue:     Maun Lodge

Date:       27th June 2016
Time:      18:00 - 19:00