HOORC faculty Larry Swatuk and Rachel DeMotts spent a week in the Netherlands in January at a workshop of the Competing Claims Programme, a training and research initiative for 11 PhD students from Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe that is run by Wageningen University. Students will be conducting research on natural resource use in the region, ranging from the cattle sector in Botswana to resettlement in Mozambique's Limpopo National Park. HOORC is a parter with WUR in the CC programme and we anticipate cooperative research and papers to emerge from working with students and faculty over the next few years.
Innocent Magole and DeMotts also recently participated in a CBNRM Monitoring Workshop sponsored by the Southern Africa Sustainable Use Specialist Group (SASUSG). The group discussed ways to build more participatory monitoring systems in the region and how to promote the development of better metholodogies to link research with effective CBNRM policies. SASUSG hopes to promote training and education for students and practitioners in the region, in addition to building capacity for applied research into CBNRM governance in particular.