Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Enhanced research capacity at HOORC through European Union

EU Ambassador to Botswana Paul Malin accepting Ngamiland basket and HOORC publications

Today the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre formally marks arrival of the European Union's Euro 790 000 (Pula 8.1 million) donation of scientific equipment and supplies to the Centre. The donation, made through the European Development Fund, includes specialized scientific equipment for HOORC's herbarium, field unit, GIS laboratory, environmental laboratories, library and training room -- resources that will support advanced research and education in natural resources management in the Okavango river basin and Kalahari regions. The Kalahari Conservation Society -- partner and facilitator of the procurement -- the Ambassador for the European Union, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Botswana and Botswana's Assistant Minister of Education and Skills are attending the launch.

New climate monitoring instrument in use

HOORC is celebrating two more events today: completion of a new natural collections building that will house the Pete Smith herbarium collection, provided by the BIOKAVANGO Project, and presentation of the annual Moabi Wa Kitso Award for knowledge sharing in the Okavango community.

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