Sunday, January 11, 2009

Okavango new year news

Cloudy skies over Makgadikgadi Pans January 2009

The new year has begun in Ngamiland with thundershowers and a miscellany of news about the Okavango region. Local news at the end of the year and in the first week of 2009 included Mmegi's stories about Botswana's Geological Survey's Seismo-tectonic study of the Okavango Delta Region with the University of Botswana, the Ngamiland foot and mouth disease relief fund and the NewOpenWorld Foundation's inclusion of the Kalahari and Okavango Delta as candidates in the New 7 Wonders of Nature online contest, as well as an invitation to tender for hunting in the CH 1 and 2 areas by Chobe Enclave Conservation Trust and, in the Botswana Gazette, the Botswana Department of Tourism's notice about illegal tourism enterprises. The Angola Press reported on plans for the cross-border conservation area of Kavango-Zambezi -- see also an item on the Tourism ROI site.

At HOORC, upcoming seminars have been announced for January 15th at 09:00h:

Dr. Lapologang Magole: A tragedy of the commoners: Creating a lose-lose situation in the process of bargaining and negotiating access to Botswana’s grazing lands

Dr. Joseph Mbaiwa: Policy Challenges, opportunities and implications for Okavango Delta fishery in Botswana

Barbara N. Ngwenya, B. H. Cangas, N. Moleele: ‘Fishing’ for the inclusion of women in co-management structures of the Okavango Delta fishery: implications for biodiversity conservation in Botswana.

Presentations will be made in the HOORC Seminar Room: all are welcome.

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