Wednesday, April 27, 2016


The fifth edition of Wetlands by Mitsch, William J. & Goosselink,  James G. is now available in the library.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Policy-makers’ perceptions of the tourism–climate change nexus: Policy needs and constraints in Botswana

By Wame L Hambira & Jarkko Saarinen
Climate change policy is important in guiding response actions in curbing the effects of climate change. Many developing countries are at a stage of formulating general climate change policies and are yet to make them sector specific. The tourism sector in particular is lagging behind compared with other sectors, such as agriculture, energy and water, which have received more attention.
The study has shown that  the tourism sector should be looked closely when responding  to climate change. Even though this study confined itself to the public policy makers , t suggests that research and focus must be extended to other categories such as development policy makers, community based organisations  and the private sector as they play a crucial role.



Thursday, April 21, 2016

New Scientist

April 9. 2016 April 2016

Visit the library to read more from this issue!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Strategic management of livestock to improve biodiversity conservation in African savannahs: a conceptual basis for wildlife–livestock coexistence

By Richard W.S. Fynn, David J. Augustine, Michael J.S. Peel and Michel de Garine _ Wichatitsky

  1. African savannas are complex socio-ecological systems with diverse wild and domestic herbivore assemblages, which adapt spatially to intra- and interannual variation in forage quantity and quality, predation and disease risks.
  2. As African savannas become increasingly fragmented by growing human populations and their associated ecological impacts, adaptive foraging options for wild and domestic herbivore populations are correspondingly limited, resulting in declining wildlife populations and impoverished pastoral societies. In addition, competition for grazing by expanding domestic herbivore populations threatens the viability of wild herbivore populations occupying similar grazing niches.
  3. Conservation initiatives are further impacted by conflicts between wildlife and local communities of people who often receive little benefit from adjacent protected areas, creating conflict between the livelihood-orientated goals of communities and the conservation-oriented goals of the international community and those with vested interests in wildlife. Conservation strategies facilitating the alignment of these opposing goals of communities and conservationists are needed. 
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Monday, April 18, 2016

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress will focus on the theme "Planet at the Crossroads". Among other objectives, the World Congress will launch the Hawai'i commitments: globally transformative and innovative conservation initiatives to meet the critical challenges and opportunities of our time, including the imperative to scale up action on biodiversity and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The event will hold a public forum consisting of debates, workshops, dialogues, round-table discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions, as well as a Members' Assembly that will deliberate on IUCN resolutions and recommendations regarding key conservation issues.   

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Research Talks - April 2016

The University of Botswana, in collaboration with Kwando Safaris would like to invite you to the following presentations; 
  • Looking at human wildlife conflict integrally: a conflict management & whole systems approach to addressing HWC in Botswana,  Ms Sara Bourquin ( University of Victoria, Canada).
  • When Fish change sex, Dr Thea Edwards ( University of the South, USA).    
  • Social networks, livelihood diversity and adaptive capacity measuring household resilience and vulnerability in Habu village Botswana, Dr Lin Cassidy (Ecosurv)

Date:       18th  April 2016
Venue:     Maun Lodge
Time:       18:00 - 19:00 hrs.

Monday, April 11, 2016

International Debt Statistics

International Debt Statistics 2016 presents data and analysis on the external debt of low- and middle income countries for 2014, based on actual flows and debt-related transactions reported to the World Bank Debtor Reporting System (DRS) by 120 low- and middle-income countries. The International Debt Statistics 2016 provides users with comprehensive stock and flow data on the external debt of individual low- and middle-income countries and for regional and analytical groupings and data on aggregate net capital flows (debt and equity) in 2014. In addition, International Debt Statistics (IDS) showcases other debt data collected and compiled by the World Bank. These include the high-frequency, quarterly data for high-income and low- and middle-income countries reported to the joint World Bank–International Monetary Fund (IMF) Quarterly External Debt Statistics (QEDS) and to the Public Sector Debt (PSD).
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