Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New in ORI Library

 The following titles have been added to the collection:
  1. Grasses & grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savanna. Veronica Roodt. Struik   Nature: South Africa, 2015.
Beat about the Bush: Mammals. Carnaby Trevor. Jacana Media: South Africa, 2006.
.    Big Five: Of Africa. Gerald Hinde.  Struik Nature: South Africa, 2008.
.    Beat about the bush: Birds. Carnaby Trevor.  Jacana media: South Africa, 2008.
Simply Safari. Daryl & Sharna Balfour. Struik: South Africa, 2001.
African hunter. Mellon James. Harcount Brace Jovanovich: New York, 1975.
Voices of The San: Living in southern Africa today. willemien le  Roux and Alison White. Kwela books: Cape Town, 2004.
Tswapong sacred haunt of Eagles. Roodt Veronica. A Tim Liversedge Film, The Botswana collection.
Chiefs Island the Heart of the Okavango. A Tim Liversedge Film  The Botswana collection.
This is Botswana. Balfour Sharna. New Holland: London, 1994.
.    Licensed to Guide. Cazenove Susie. Jacana media : South Africa, 2005.
.    Botswana Baskets: A living Art. Botswana Craft Marketing,: Gaborone, 2010.
.    Roar: the stories behind the giant screen film lion of the Kalahari. Tim  & June Liversedge. Tim Liversedge productions:  Johannesburg, 2005.
.    Earth ark: A photographic safari through northern Botswana. Stock Hall Steven. Triple Green: South Africa 2008.
The Story of Life & the Environment: an African Perspective. Jo van As (et.al).  Struik Nature: South Africa, 2012.
.    Espanol / Setswana. Beauty Bogwasi, Gaborone, 2013.
.     Roberts Geographic Variation of Southern African Birds: A Guide to the Plumage variation of 613 Bird races in Southern Africa. Hugh Chittenden, David Allan & Weiersbye Ingrid. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund: South Africa .2012.
.    English/ Setswana Phrasebook. Bagwasi Beauty, 2014.
Mammals of Southern Africa: A Field Guide. Revised & updated by   Peter Apps. Struik Nature: South Africa, 2012.
The Story of Earth & Life: A Southern African perspective on a 4.6- billion a year journey, Terence Mccarthy Bruce & Rubidge. Struik Nature: South Africa, 2005.

21. Year of the flame bird. A Tim Liversedge Film.
22. The shell map of Moremi Game Reserve. Veronica Roodt.
23. The Shell tourist map of the Okavango Delta and Linyanti. Veronica Roodt.
24. Haunt of the fishing owl. A Tim Liversedge Film.
25. Botswana traditional recipes: A selection of favourite recipes for anyone who loves Botswana cuisine. Botswana Craft Marketing. 2007.
26. Prides the lions of Moremi. Peter Kat & Harvey Chris. Southern Book Publishers: Rivonia, 2000.
27. Botswana Traditional recipes with a twist. Botswana Craft Marketing: Gaborone, 2007.
28. Eye of the leopard. Beverly & Dereck Joubert. Rizzoli International Publications: New York, 2009.
29.  Africas ‘s finest: The most sustainable and responsible safari destinations in sub – Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. David Bristow & Colin Bell.  Green Safari.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Eliminating Discrimination and Inequalities in Access to Water and Sanitation

Patterns of marginalisation and exclusion are present all over the world, with stark and persisting inequalities in access to water and sanitation. Progress made in the water and sanitation sector does not always benefit those who are most in need of these services, in particular the poorest, people living in informal settlements and/or people marginalised on the basis of gender and other grounds.

International human rights law demands that the fundamental human rights principles of non-discrimination and equality must be respected by specific focus on those individuals, groups or communities who do not enjoy their rights fully in order to close existing gaps in the enjoyment of rights. To this end, duty-bearers and development assistance must aim at realising the rights for all, with a focus on the most marginalised and  excluded. Mechanisms for conflict resolution, accountability and access to remedy must be in place, as well as free, active and meaningful participation. The human rights to water and sanitation – including the human rights principles of non-discrimination and equality – must be carefully implemented at the national level, and strong monitoring frameworks must track progress in realising these rights.

This policy brief aims to provide guidance on non-discrimination and equality in the context of access to drinking water and sanitation, with a particular focus on women and girls. It also informs readers on the duty of States and responsibilities of non-State actors in this regard.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Research Talks

The University of Botswana, in  collaboration  with Kwando Safaris,would like  to present the fifth in a series of research talks by researchers for everyone.

 This month's topics are: 
  •  Large herbivore declines in northern Botswana: Implications for carnivore conservationDr Lucas Rutina (Okavango Research Institute).  
  •  Using  livestock guarding dogs to mitigate human-carnivore conflict - Ms Jane Horgan (Cheetah Conservation Botswana).
  • Habitat selection by Cape buffalo ( Syncerus coffer ca/fer ) in relation to changing water availability  - Dr Emily Bennitt (Okavango Research Institute)
Venue:    Maun Lodge
Date:                 23rd November 2015  
Time:        115:30 for 118:00 - 119:00

Monday, November 16, 2015

International Conference on Risk Management for World Heritage, 19-20 November 2015

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, the Czech National Heritage Institute is hosting an international conference on risk factors observed during periodic, annual or ad hoc monitoring, in the Czech Republic and abroad.
This conference brings attention to the organisation’s wide scope of action in World Heritage protection. Its aim is to define the risk factors to World Heritage in the Czech Republic, and to show examples of how they can be avoided, how successful we can be in reducing them and which measures were taken to eliminate them. Moreover, the conference is an occasion to present the results of the second cycle of periodic reporting in Europe and North America.
 Aims of the conference:
  • Strengthening implementation of the Convention by providing expert advice
  • Exchanging experiences and knowledge about the mitigation of risk factors affecting a range of World Heritage properties
  • Supporting international cooperation regarding the management and administration of World Heritage properties
  • Networking for individuals responsible for the management and administration of Czech cultural sites inscribed on the World Heritage List
  • Thematic discussion about management and monitoring of cultural heritage and the roles of various elements of society
 The programme of the event can be download in English on thehttp://www.npu.cz/prurezove/novinky-nejdulezitejsi/news/17281-npu-zve-na-mezinarodni-konferenci-s-nazvem-management-statku-svetoveho-dedictvi-rizikove-faktory/

Friday, November 13, 2015

Heat Wave: Tips to Stay Cool

Botswana has of late been experiencing high temperatures with day time temperatures reaching the ranges of 36 - 40 degrees centigrade. This poses an increased health risk and may impact differently on the health of individuals as exposure to such temperatures may lead to heat cramps, heat stroke, heat exhaustion and severe sunburns and complications of chronic diseases such as Hypertension, Asthma, other respiratory illness etc. 

The university community is therefore advised to protect themselves against these high temperatures as follows:-

·         Drink Plenty of Fluids - Increase your fluid intake regardless of your activity level. During hot weather, you will need to drink more liquid than your thirst indicates. Avoid drinks containing alcohol and try to limit consumption of caffeinated beverages as they cause you to lose more fluid.

·         Replace Salt and Minerals - Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body, which are necessary for your body. The best way to replace salt and minerals is to drink fruit juice or a sports beverage.

·         Wear Appropriate Clothing and Sunscreen - Wear as little  clothing as  possible when you are at home. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, umbrella along with sunglasses, and put on sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
·         Slow down. Reduce or cancel strenuous, outdoor activities or reschedule them for the coolest times of the day.
·         Take frequent breaks if working outdoors

·         Adjust to the Environment - Be aware that any sudden change in temperature, such as an early heat wave, will be stressful to your body.

·         NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles

 This Health Tip is brought to you by the Health and Wellness Centre. 

 Block 139 (Student Centre) 2nd Floor or Tel: 355 4616; 355 5054