Workshop participants on field trip to Lake Ngami
Fifty-six natural resources researchers from Africa, Europe and the United States met in Maun on March 3rd to 5th 2008 to discuss and plan for new multidisciplinary research in the Kalahari. The workshop, organized by HOORC, brought together people currently engaged in studying environmental change in Africa, with a specific focus on four topic areas: Monitoring for environmental change, Palaeo-environmental change in Africa, Environmental change and human well being and Transboundary range resource issues. A notable achievement of the workshop was a set of concept notes written for three key areas: Community involvement in monitoring bush encroachment, the use of GIS to study lake formation, and the use of silcretes and their origins in relation to stone tools. HOORC researcher Dr Philippa Huntsman-Mapila is coordinating the workshop's followup activities and you can find the workshop presentations on HOORC's website.