Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Urban Water Blueprint

The Sub-Saharan Africa’s Urban Water Blueprint assessed the potential for watershed conservation to benefit cities, rural livelihoods and nature across 30 large cities in Sub-Saharan Africa that are primarily dependent on surface water supply. One in every five residents of these cities may face water security risks due to highly impaired water quality. The report found that 28 cities could improve their water security by investing in conservation activities such as forest protection and good farming practices, which could benefit more than 80 million people. For half of the 30 cities, the resulting benefits for improved water quality could offset the costs of conservation activities through reduced water treatment expenses.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016


After years of intensive negotiations and dialogue bringing together governments, civil society and millions of ordinary people around the world, UN member states unanimously agreed in September last year to what the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described as the “most inclusive development agenda the world has ever seen”, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated Sustainable Development Goals. Agenda 2030 places decent work for all at the heart of policies for sustainable and inclusive growth and development. It is estimated that globally over 600 million new jobs need to be created by 2030, just to keep pace with the growth of the working age population.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

You are Invited - Annual Gala Dinner Dance

The Kalahari Conservation Society


“Celebrating Botswana’s 50th  Independence, reflecting on the landmarks of conservation over the  years”

Friday 14th  October 2016

Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC)

Dress code: National Colours (Formal) - P1 000 per person or P10 000 / table of 10 For bookings contact: 3974557 or

Guest of Honour

HE Lt. General Dr. S.K.I.Khama

President of the Republic of Botswana

Special Guest Speaker

Dr Richard W.S.Fynn – Renowned Range land and Grazing Ecosystem Ecologist

Okavango Research Institute

Thursday, September 22, 2016

How open science helps researchers succeed

Open access, open data, open source and other open scholarship practices are growing in popularity and necessity. However, widespread adoption of these practices has not yet been achieved. One reason is that researchers are uncertain about how sharing their work will affect their careers.

This article review literature demonstrating that open research is associated with increases in citations, media attention, potential collaborators, job opportunities and funding opportunities. 

Findings are evidence that open research practices bring significant benefits to researchers relative to more traditional closed practices.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Book Pick - ORI

The life and times of Ngamiland : the story of Maun by Malgorzata Dziewiecka

Maun is an African village popular among hunters, photographers, nature lovers, adventurers, travelers, ecologists, geologists, and zoologists. It is also a popular place for safaris and it has a renowned reputation in the world of writers and film makers. Situated in the Okavango, it was discovered for the outside world by David Livingstone and ever since has been known as "the last Eden on Earth." Although the village is popular among visitors, only a person living in Maun can fully appreciate its beauty and value. The uniqueness of Maun lies in its remoteness from the modern world, in it being situated in the heart of the wilderness. Because of this, the villagers live in a highly diverse cultural environment, which combines elements of all historical periods, with the prehistoric and the modern existing side by side. The book features a number of historic photographs, documents, maps, and reports of the adventures of early travelers such as Livingstone and Selous. It also includes the history of the Ghanzi settlement, and even the story of the Batawana's first settlement in Kwebe, from which the recorded history of Ngamiland begins, as reported by Major Lugard to the British West Charterland Co.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

BOTS 50 Independence Day Celebration

Below are book picks  about Botswana ,please pass by and browse through what we have.

Title The life and times of Ngamiland the story of Maun / by Malgorzata Dziewiecka
Publisher 2012

Title Botswana, 1939-1945 : an African country at war / Ashley Jackson
Publisher Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999

Title A history of Ngamiland 1790 to 1906: the formation of an African State / Thomas Tlou
Publisher Gaborone: Macmillan Botswana: Botswana Book Centre: Longman, 1985

Title Seretse Khama 1921-80 / by Thomas Tlou, Neil Parsons and Willie Henderson
Publisher Gaborone, BW: Botswana Society, 1995


Thursday, August 11, 2016

New Books

The library has received new books. You are invited to come and browse them. Among them is a book titled "Flooding: Risk Factors, Environmental Impacts and Management Strategies" that is written by ORI researchers.