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 (

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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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

AAAS-TWAS Course on Science Diplomacy 2017

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington DC, USA, and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy are seeking candidates to participate in the third AAAS-TWAS Course on Science and Diplomacy to be held in Trieste, Italy, from 21 to 25 August 2017.

 The course will be held from 21 to 25 August 2017 in Trieste, Italy. The application deadline is 30 April 2017. Successful candidates will be contacted by end May. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law

Why are carefully designed, sensible policies too often not adopted or implemented? When they are, why do they often fail to generate development outcomes such as security, growth, and equity? And why do some bad policies endure? This World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law addresses these fundamental questions, which are at the heart of development. Policy making and policy implementation do not occur in a vacuum. Rather, they take place in complex political and social settings, in which individuals and groups with unequal power interact within changing rules as they pursue conflicting interests. The process of these interactions is what this Report calls governance, and the space in which these interactions take place, the policy arena.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Knowing our Lands and Resources: Indigenous and Local Knowledge of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Africa


The Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) includes as one of its operating principles the following commitment:

Recognize and respect the contribution of indigenous and local knowledge to the
conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystems.

                                               UNEP/IPBES.MI/2/9, Appendix 1, para. 2 (d)

To spearhead its work on this challenging objective, IPBES Plenary created at its Second Meeting the Task Force on Indigenous and Local Knowledge (ILK) Systems.

The present document is a contribution to the IPBES regional assessment for Africa. Its aim is twofold:

To assist the co-chairs, coordinating lead authors and lead authors of the regional assessment
for Africa by facilitating their access to indigenous and local knowledge relevant to the
assessment theme.

To pilot the initial approaches and procedures for building ILK into IPBES assessments that
are under development by the ILK task force in order to test their efficacy and improve the
final ILK approaches and procedures that the task force will propose to the Plenary of IPBES.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fish community dynamics in an inland floodplain system of the Okavango Delta, Botswana

By Ketlhatlogile Mosepele, Jeppe Kolding & Thethela Bokhutlo


Tropical floodplain fish populations fluctuate at temporal scales and understanding the variability in these systems will contribute to comprehensive management of these resources. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the dynamics of a floodplain fish assemblage. Data were collected using standard methods between 1999 and 2009 from the delta's panhandle. Various analytical tools (e.g. CCA, SIMPER, ANOVA, etc.) were used to assess fish assemblage dynamics at seasonal and annual scales. ANOVA and cluster analyses showed that the fish assemblage underwent significant changes along the seasonal hydrograph, while index of relative aboundance (%IRI) revealed that the fish assemblage was dominated by Clarias gariepinus, Schilbe intermedius and Hydrocynus vittatus respectively. These species, including Clarias ngamensis and Marcusenius altisambesi, contributed more than 50% to variations in fish assemblage structure along the seasonal hydrograph (based on SIMPER analysis). Furthermore, canonical correspondence analysis (CCA) revealed a significant (p = 0.004) association between environmental factors and fish assemblage structure. CCA analysis also showed that spawning for different species is associated with various environmental factors. Annually, results showed that C. gariepinus dominated the fish assemblage during low flood years, while S. intermedius dominated during high flood years. Detrended correspondence analysis (DCA) showed that the hydrological gradient had a significant effect on fish assemblage structure at an annual scale, while SIMPER analysis established significant variations in fish assemblage structure among years characterized by different hydrological features. One major conclusion we made was that fish assemblages are stochastically different at an annual scale. This study contributes knowledge to floodplain fish ecology and thus enhances fisheries management.