ENVIRONMENT BOTSWANA NEWS - May 31, 2003


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  • NEWS

    NATIONAL REVIEW OF CBNRM IN BOTSWANA 2003
    The stakeholders, including the Government of Botswana, involved in Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) in Botswana have agreed to undertake a national review of CBNRM in Botswana. The goal of the exercise is to reflect on the progress made so far, the problems encountered and to find a way forward to improve on the design and implementation of the approach. DFID and the CBNRM Support Programme will finance the exercise while the funds will be managed by IUCN Botswana. A Review Reference Committee, chaired by DWNP will guide the review.
    Eighteen (18) companies responded to the consultancy announcement. An initial short-listing of 6 companies was done on the 26th of February while the final selection was made during the Review Reference Committee (RRC) meeting of the 19th of March 2003.
    The Centre of Applied Research with a team including Jaap Arntzen, Ketsile Molokomme, Onkemetse Tshosa, Nkobi Moleele, David Mazambani and Beth Terry will start with the Review as from the 1st of May.
    The next step for the consultant will be drafting the Inception Report (end of May) after which the consultation process starts. The process will include in-depth case studies at community level in Sankuyo, Khwai, Kgetsi ya tsie and KD1 (Ukhwi, Ngwatle and Ncaang) with the intention to draw lessons from the CBNRM implementation so far. The same reasoning applies to taking a closer look at the roles played by BOCOBONET and NGOs such as the Kalahari Conservation Society and Thusano Lefatsheng. Also 2 private sector companies (Rann Safaris and HCH) will be studied more closely to understand their roles in joint venture agreements with communities (CECT and STMT).
    The consultants will present and discuss an issues and options report to 3 stakeholder workshops in Kgalagadi, Ngamiland and Central districts (probably in July). A draft report will be presented to the National CBNRM Forum (probably August/September). The review is expected to be completed not later than the 1st of October 2003. The final report will be translated into a "popular version" for wide distribution over all stakeholders in and beyond Botswana as part of the CBNRM Support Programme Occasional Paper Series (#15).
    The timing of the review comes at an opportune moment. The Review Reference Committee (RRC) was informed that the Ministries of Environment as well as Local Government have agreed to "restart" the district consultation process on the draft CBNRM Policy. This "restart" was prompted by questions asked in Parliament recently regarding the delay of the finalisation of the Policy. It is planned that both the consultation process and the national review will result into an updated and improved CBNRM Policy to be presented to Parliament towards the end of the year.
    For up-dated information please visit the Botswana CBNRM website at http://www.cbnrm.bw.
    (CBNRM Support Programme, April the 9th 2003)

    NEW TRANSBOUNDARY INITIATIVE LAUNCHED IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
    Harare, Zimbabwe, 7 May 2003 (IUCN) - The Zimbabwe-Mozambique-Zambia (ZIMOZA) transboundary natural resources management initiative, the first of its kind in Southern Africa, will officially be launched today in Luangwa, Zambia. Cooperation through the ZIMOZA project will secure the long term conservation of the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources in the area. "IUCN sowed the first seed for this transboundary initiative to grow," says David Sheppard, Head IUCN Programme on Protected Areas and Secretary General of the Vth IUCN World Parks Congress "in the initial stages, IUCN mobilized stakeholders, reached consensus, and then found the financial resources to implement the initiative - the fertilizer to ensure the roots develop." IUCN has been involved in the initiative since its inception in 1999 when the Zimbabwe Deputy Minister of Mines, Environment and Tourism, Edward Chindori Chininga asked IUCN to facilitate collaboration among the border communities of the three countries. Working with local communities, IUCN focused primarily on resolving conflicts in the use of natural resources around the border, solving of transboundary problems, and sharing experiences. The ZIMOZA initiative, sponsored by USAID, is expected to help curb rampant poaching of wildlife and cross-border trade in the region; reduce deforestation; and reverse the poor state of infrastructure, particularly the roads. It will also focus on conflict prevention and resolution; building trust, confidence and security. Collaboration between the countries should also lead to greater regional stability. This will be beneficial to the establishment of the tourism industry, which will be a step in the right direction for the realisation of the full economic potential of the area. ZIMOZA stands to promote community-based management of the environment and natural resources, and help promote biological and cultural diversity in the area. The region encompasses the biodiversity-rich African Rift Valley and spans the Guruve District in Zimbabwe, the Luangwa District in Zambia, and the Zumbo and Magoe Districts in Mozambique. Transboundary cooperation is one of the leading themes of this year's Vth IUCN World Parks Congress - the world's major forum on protected areas, to be held in Durban, South Africa, from 8 to 17 September. It is also the subject of one of IUCN's cutting-edge publications in the Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines series. The guidelines build on some fifteen years of work on transboundary issues by IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas, a unique network of 1300 experts from 139 countries. For more information, contact: Caroline Gwature, Information and Marketing Unit, tel: +263-4 728266/7 or email:<mailto:carolineg@iucnrosa.org.zw> Xenya Cherny, IUCN Communications, tel: +41-22 9990127 or email:<mailto:xec@iucn.org; <http://www.iucn.org> Created in 1948, IUCN - The World Conservation Union brings together 75 states, 108 government agencies, 750 plus NGOs, and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. IUCN's mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. IUCN is the world's largest environmental knowledge network and has helped over 75 countries to prepare and implement national conservation and biodiversity strategies. IUCN is a multi-cultural, multilingual organization with 1000 staff located in 62 countries. Its headquarters are in Gland, Switzerland. The IUCN World Congress on Protected Areas, or IUCN World Parks Congress as it has become known, is a 10 yearly event which provides the major global forum for setting the agenda for protected areas. Previous Congresses have had a tremendous impact in assisting national governments to create new protected areas, and direct more resources towards biodiversity conservation. The Vth IUCN World Parks Congress will be held in Durban, South Africa, from 8 to 17 September, 2003. Both Patrons of the Congress, former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mr Nelson Mandela and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan strongly endorse the theme of the Congress, "Benefits Beyond Boundaries". The Vth IUCN World Parks Congress is organised by <http://iucn.org/themes/wcpa/wpc/about/www.iucn.org> IUCN - The World Conservation Union, its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), South African National Parks and the <http://www.gov.za/> Government of South Africa.

    CHEETAH CONSERVATION BOTSWANA - WHY CONSERVE CHEETAHS??
    Cheetahs are unique animals. They are the most specialised of all 37 species of cat and the world's fastest land mammal. Its light, flexible skeleton, small head, specialised organs, claws and tail are all designed for speed. It is also different from many other big cats, in that it has a non aggressive, shy nature and when challenged it will be the first to retreat. They have been revered for centuries as symbols of nobility and grace and have been kept for hunting by royalty for over 5000 years.
    The cheetah is one of Africa's most endangered cats. Populations are dramatically declining. The species is now threatened with extinction due to loss of habitat and prey, a diminishing gene pool and human persecution. Botswana contains one of the largest remaining populations of free ranging cheetahs in the world. It has been estimated at 1768 individuals (Funston et al 2001). This represents 12% of the world's population, identifying Botswana as one of the last strongholds of the species. However, populations are not safe within protected areas as they are outcompeted by stronger predators, such as lions and hyenas. Many cheetahs then move out onto marginal land, where they come into conflict with rural farming communities. Their survival is dependant on conservation management of these areas.
    Despite being listed as a species threatened with extinction by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and vulnerable by the IUCN, no formalised studies have been done and little is known about the status of the cheetah in Botswana. In order to create a management plan for the species to ensure its survival into the future, we need to understand what is occurring in our resident populations and how they are being affected by the factors influencing them.
    Cheetah Conservation Botswana: To address the above problem Cheetah Conservation Botswana has been set up this year under the umbrella of the Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation and in collaboration with Kalahari Conservation Society and the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks. It aims to be a long term conservation project, incorporating scientific research, practical species management and community education. One of our main focuses is aiding the farming community with predator management. In order to understand the status of the species we are carrying out a comprehensive survey of farms, game reserves, cattleposts, etc to see where the cheetahs are and where they are causing problems. We have prepared a questionnaire to gather information about predators on farmlands. This will help us to understand the following:
    1.Where the main populations of cheetah are occurring.
    2.Which factors cause cheetahs or other predators to begin taking livestock.
    3.Which methods are successful in preventing cheetahs from taking livestock.
    The results of the survey will allow us to identify priority areas, where we can focus education and information programmes on non lethal methods of predator control, appropriate livestock management and encourage farmers to coexist with cheetahs. While proximity to farms does produce cheetah / livestock conflicts, it has been demonstrated that with the maintenance of a suitable prey base, increased awareness of the benefits of a healthy ecosystem and the adoption of simple and appropriate livestock husbandry techniques, this conflict can be minimized to the benefit of all. It has been shown by the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, that when successfully managed, predators and farming communities can utilise the same areas with minimum of conflict. As part of our education campaign we will promote several successful methods of non lethal predator control, which can be utilized to prevent cheetah becoming problem animals. Such as kraaling young livestock, keeping calving camps near to homestead, keeping older experienced steers with horns with the herd, keeping female donkeys with the herd, utilizing guarding breeds of dogs, etc. As a last resort, we will relocate problem animals to suitable release sites, where they will be monitored by telemetry and information gathered on behaviour, home ranges, diseases and genetic status. As a flagship species, protection of the cheetah and awareness raising for the species goes hand in hand with protecting the entire ecosystem. A viable population of cheetah requires a suitable prey base and habitat. Therefore, protection of the cheetah means protection for the entire ecosystem.
    If anyone reading this has a farm or knows of friends who do, please consider calling us at 71759219 / 71464809 / 71656782 and we will send you out a questionnaire. Alternatively, email us at cheetah@mokolodi.com. As well as this, please call us with your cheetah sightings and any info you may have that may help us!
    (Mokolodi, May 2003)

    ANNOUNCEMENT
    It is with great dismay to inform you about the tragic death of Mr Desire Matirekwe. He was a staff member at ZERO Regional Environment Organization in Zimbabwe since 1991 up until he met his death on Sunday the 20th of April 2003. Desire was serving as the NAWISA contact person at ZERO since NAWISA was launched. He is survived by his wife, two sons and one daughter. His funeral took place in Mutare on April 23rd 2003. May we all pay our last respect to Desire by observing a moment of silence during the course of tomorrow. May his soul rest in peace.
    (Sindisiwe Ngcobo NAWISA Co-ordinator P.O.Box 13378 Mowbray 7705 Tel: +27 +21 448-2881, Fax: +27 +21 448-2922)

    RESEARCHES - BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN LIVESTOCK KEEPING AND OTHER NATURAL PRODUCTS
    In supporting communities to improve their alternatives and the quality of livelihood options it is important that these remain sustainable. The natural resources found in Ngamiland (like most of the Country) daily face the challenege of meeting peoples growing survival demands which include food for livestock. In Ngamiland (to a larger extent than most of the country) survival demands on the envirionemnt include that of wildlife as well as that of peoples and their domestioc aniumals. The key question that this research will address is "given the current ecosystem and people's current livelihoods practices, how much livestock can be sustained now and in the future". This study will be carried out in the three villages in Okavango sub-district - Qangwa, Habu and Beetsha.
    (ACORD Botswana, Newsletter March 2003)

    THE MANY BENEFITS OF THE MORULA TREE
    The people in Namibia like Batswana and people in South Africa, have recognised the economic potential of the Morula tree fruit and its by-products.
    In Botswana a women's cooperative in the Tswapong area harvests the Morula fruit when it is season to make jam and recently began exploring the export of iol extracted from the fruit, for the manufacture of natural cosmetics. In South Africa, the Amarula liquor is becoming a brand name that has became very popular locally abroad. Namibian people are also involved in the commercial production and marketing of several products derived from the Morula fruit, which include various cosmetic products, refreshments, wine and cooking oil. Many of these products are available locally, while others are being sold on the international market" said Nujoma addressing the Omangongo Cultural Festival 2003. Omugongo fruit is used to make a traditional wine (omagongo), juice (oshinwa) and cooking oil (odjove). The by-products that remain after the extraction of cooking oil and the manufacture of cosmetics are used to make different types of soap. He also called on communities to plant many indigenous trees so that they can provide the country with fruit, shade and timber, as well as prevent desertification which threatens many areas.
    (The Botswana Gazette, May 7th 2003, pg. 16)

    LIFELINE VOLUNTEERS PREPARE FOR TRANS-MAKGADIKGADI TREK
    Botswana's spectacular Pans will be in the spotlight next month when Dr Nomsa Mbere and a small group of volunteers will undertake a 150Km journey across this unique wilderness area. The journey has a two fold purpose: to raise awareness of the need to protect the historically important and fragile environment of the Pans and to raise funds for Lifeline Botswana. The journey will start at Jack's Camp on June the 11th and will end at Sowa Town on June 15th.
    (Mmegi, 23-29th May 2003, pg. Bokamoso6)

    OKAVANGO RIVER BASIN MINISTERIAL WORKSHOP
    The Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM)held a workshop at the Maun Lodge. It was launched on the 7th and ended on the 9th of May and involved the water and environment ministers, permanent secretaries and Senior officials of the three countries, Angola, Botswana and Namibia, that share one common river, the Okavango River. The workshop was an open discussion of interest and issues concerning the Okavango River Basin. Min. Hon. Mokgothu, said after a low flight over the delta "The Okavango belongs to all of us and we must see to it that what ever we do in our individual countries does not cause problems that threaten nature, the river flows through Angola and Namibia and dams or alterations to the flow of water might have some effect on the delta".
    (Mmegi, 23-29th May 2003, pg. 26/31)

    BOTSWANA DROUGHT STRICKEN
    Government is to spent and estimated P282 million on drought relief measures to be implemented between July 2003 and June 2004. Declaring the country drought stricken, the President said the 2002/2003 rainfall season was generally deficient and only seven per cent of the 300000 Ha available for arable farming had been ploughed and planted. This season production level were expected to drop to their lowest in more than 10 Years and only four percent of the total national cereal requirement would be met locally. The measures include the continuation of the labour intensive public works programme and under five supplementary feeding programme which would now include children up to six not yet in school while remote area dweller children would be provided with a second meal.
    (Daily News, May 12th, 2003, pg1)

    ZIM COMMUNITIES WANT TO TAKE PARKS BACK
    When Zimbabwe designated a 5000 Km2 stretch of southern savannah as the Gonarezhou National Park in 1966, the new park boundaries did more than protect the wildlife within the park, they locked people out. With the creation of the park the government forcibly relocated a number of traditional communities that had lived on the land for generations. The conflict between park and people is not unique to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has begun to reconsider parts of its policy of keeping local communities out of the parks. In 1982, the government gave limited permission for locals to benefit from sport hunting in wilderness areas outside the park when it adopted the Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE). However, communities displaced decades ago are now pushing for more than just sport hunting rights; they want their land and resources back. "What we have learned in the past 30 to 40 years is that communities outside parks must be allowed to benefit from the environmental goods and services those protected areas produce" said Dr Miller (Vice President for Conservation at the World Resources Institute). "Only then doe we see truly sustainable parks and viable communities with proper human services such as education, health and transportation" he continued. In Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe revenue generated from hunting, eco-tourism and photo-safaris is invested into conservation and the development of roads, bridges, schools and clinics. "As a community we also need to set up big business ventures inside Chobe National Park" said Luckson Masule, Chief of the Chobe Enclave in Botswana. "Already there is a privately run lodge in the Chobe National Park. We request that we be granted the same opportunity. This is the way that our community can benefit beyond the park boundaries".
    (Mmegi, 30 May-5 June 2003, pg. 24)

    ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR IUCN (SOUTHERN AFRICA)
    IUCN is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr James Murombedzi as the new Regional Director for its Regional Office for Southern Africa with effect from June I 2003.
    Dr Murombedzi joins the IUCN from the Ford Foundation where he was Program Officer for Southern Africa (Environment and Development). Dr Murombedzi was responsible for developing and implementing the Foundation's initiative on securing land and resource rights for marginalized constituencies in southern Africa
    Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Dr Murombedzi was faculty in the Center for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) at the University of Zimbabwe. He taught in the masters program in Tropical Resource Ecology and carried out research on land reform and the macro and micro-political dynamics of natural resources management in southern Africa's communal tenure regimes.
    Dr Murombedzi brings to IUCN more than 15 years of experience as an academic, researcher, administrator and manager in the field of environment and development. He has served on international environment and natural resources management boards, including the Conservation and Development Forum (CDF) and the International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASCP), and has also served as an advisor to the Biodiversity Support Program.
    During the past decade he has been actively involved with the IUCN and its work on many occasions - including most recently as the Deputy Chair of the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy. Dr Murombedzi has written and published widely on decentralization, land reform and natural resources management in southern Africa.
    The appointment of Dr Murombedzi follows the departure of Dr Yemi Katerere in March who has since joined the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as the Assistant Director General.
    (IUCNROSA Press Release May 2003)

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    TRAINING PROGRAMMES AND COURSES

    PEOPLE, POVERTY AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COURSE
    The Regional Policy Programme, in partnership with the Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS), Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape will be holding a five week course on People, Poverty and Natural Resource Management. The course will be held from 18 August to 18 September 2003 in Cape Town South Africa. This course is the first one to be held as part of the GTZ funded Phase III Social Sciences Perspectives in Natural Resources Management Project. Please note that this course is the same as what we used to call the Six Weeks Course in Human and Social Science Perspectives in Natural Resources Management. We have just changed the name of the course and have reviewed the curriculum so that it suits the changing needs. The deadline for application is July 4th 2003. Here the Application Form and the brochure and for more information you can visit the website: http://www.iucnrosa.org.zw

    MASTERS BURSARY - LOCAL TRADE IN NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES (SANPAD PROJECT 2003)
    An exciting opportunity exists for a Masters student to work on a project investigating local trade in non-timber forest products (NTFP). The student would work as part of a team from Rhodes, UNITRA, UWC and two institutions in The Netherlands, with close collaboration and joint workshops permitting collation of different case studies. The team is exploring the contribution that locally driven trade in NTFP makes to rural livelihoods in South Africa, and the constraints and opportunities faced by communities participating in this trade. The Masters project will constitute a case study on a natural resource traded in Transkei. Formal questionnaires and informal interviews will be used to assess the extent and dynamics of trade, product source and availability, revenue derived and trade constraints. A review of the potential for the trade will be developed using this information and ecological data. Applicants should hold an Honours degree in either a biological or social science. The successful applicant will be registered at the University of Transkei or at Rhodes University and will receive R25 000 each year for a period of 2 years, with potential to enhance this income through participation in other projects. Contact Dr Rehema M. White for further information at: Email: white@getafix.utr.ac.za; Tel : 047 502 2947 / 2916; Fax: 047 502 2215

    CBNRM SHORT COURSE RHODES UNIVERSITY
    The fourth Rhodes University Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Course will be offered by Dept. of Environmental Science and the Environmental Education Unit in Grahamstown from 11 - 15 August 2003. The cost is R 3 500.00 per delegate excluding travel and accommodation. More information will be available soon. This course is aimed at practitioners with a relevant post matric qualification. Only 25 places will be available to outside participants. Please convey this to your networks and/or register your interest by contacting: BigTree Project Support Conference and Training Support Services P.O. Box 2026 Grahamstown 6140 South Africa E-mail: BigTree@intekom.co.za Tel and Fax: (+27)(0)46 6226242 Mobile: 082 7095329

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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    FOURTH NATIONAL CBNRM FORUM MEETING
    The Fourth National CBNRM Forum meeting will be held on the 12th of June 2003 at the President Hotel, Gaborone.
    The Forum will discuss relevant CBNRM issues and follow-up on recommendations of previous Conferences, Forums, Steering Committee meetings and other CBNRM related events. Some of the items on the agenda include: discussions on the problems around community management of CBNRM funds and towards possible solutions, as well as presentations of the EU funded Wildlife Conservation and Management Programme (2002-2006) - Community Development Fund (CDF) and the Community Based Strategy (RDCD). For more information contact Cathrine Cathrine@iucnbot.bw or Nico information@cbnrm.bw
    (National CBNRM Forum Secretariat, May 2003)

    THE VTH WORLD PARKS CONGRESS - "BENEFITS BEYOND BOUNDARIES"
    The Vth World Parks Congress will take place in Durban, South Africa September 8-17, 2003. The Congress will examine the challenges and opportunities that protected areas will face in coming decades. The goal is to secure the multiple values of the global system of protected areas through the application of our best science, information and experience. The main theme of the Vth World Parks Congress is "Benefits Beyond Boundaries". The Congress will stimulate broader thinking about protected areas: their opportunities, their values and their beneficiaries. This is also reflected in the attendance of new protected area audiences, shifting constituencies and non-traditional stakeholders from among the public and private sectors and civil society. It will be the first Congress held in Africa. The Congress is being organised by IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas in collaboration with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (South African National Parks). IUCN is delighted that Mr. Nelson Mandela and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan have consented to be Co-Patrons for the Congress. Their real interest and support will make a significant impact in terms of raising awareness of issues relating to protected areas, and they have each embraced the theme of "Benefits Beyond Boundaries".
    The Vth World Parks Congress has five specific objectives:

    The 2003 Congress will have a strong technical focus exploring cutting-edge thinking for protected areas, but will also include a number of "Big Picture" sessions. To expand the influence of the Congress, its outcomes will be linked to other global agreements and conventions such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Heritage Convention. Also IUCN will link the World Parks Congress with the earlier World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), held in Johannesburg, South Africa in August 2002, raising awareness of the synergy between protected areas and sustainable development.
    The Durban Congress is expected to welcome up to 2000 participants, invited as individuals. The World Parks Congress International Steering Committee (ISC) will oversee the invitation process. For further details about participating please contact: Peter Shadie: Tel: ++41 (22) 999-0159; Fax: ++41 (22) 999-0025; mail: pds@iucn.org for further detail on the Congress please visit the webpage at www.iucn.org

    3RD INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT CONGRESS
    The 3rd International Wildlife Management Congress is announced to be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, from the 1st-5th December 2003. The Congress is co-hosted by the Wildlife Society, a wildlife science and educational association based in the USA. The two first congresses were held in Costa Rica (1992) and in Hungary (1999). The local co-hosts for the Third Congress are Manaaki Whenua/Landcare Research (New Zealand) and the Australasian Wildlife Management Society, in conjunction with Ngai Tahu (Maori tribe of the South Island) and the New Zealand Department of Conservation. The Congress will provide a forum and meeting place for wildlifers from around the world to interact and exchange information and ideas on all aspects of wildlife management. The scope of the Congress will be broad and interest those approaches wildlife issues from a strongly theoretical perspective, right through to those who are interested in practical wildlife management and sustainable use. Financial assistance may be available for students and others who would otherwise be unable to attend the Congress. The main focus of the Congress will be on contrasting perspectives of wildlife management in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. For more information on the Congress please contact the Wildlife Congress Secretariat at wildlife@cont.canterbury.ac.nz or visit the website at http://www.conference.canterbury.ac.nz/wildlife2003

    7TH INTECOL INTERNATIONAL WETLANDS CONFERENCE
    Under the auspices of INTECOL, Utrecht University will organise the 7th INTECOL Wetlands Conference in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from the 25th to the 30th of July 2004. All wetland scientists and water resource managers across the globe are kindly invited to participate in this meeting. For detailed information please visit the Conference web site http://www.bio.uu.nl/INTECOL

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    VACANCIES

    CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL
    ECOTOURISM OFFICER - OKAVANGO BIODIVERSITY PROGRAM

    With its Head Office in Washington DC, Conservation International (CI) is a global leader in conservation, working to protect threatened ecosystems in 30 countries focusing its resources and expertise on biodiversity hotspots, major tropical wilderness areas and wetlands.
    CI is seeking to employ an Ecotourism Officer for the Botswana office, based in Maun. Major duties and responsibilities will include leading ecotourism and related conservation enterprise activities relevant to the strategic goals of the CI Okavango Biodiversity Programme.

    The Ecotourism Officer will be responsible for:
    · Overseeing implementation of community-based ecotourism projects, including: craft enterprise; cultural and environmental education programmes; and community development activities.
    · Coordinating project team members on project implementation activities.
    · Organizing and facilitating capacity building programme for ecotourism projects.
    · Facilitating community-private sector partnerships in ecotourism related projects.
    · Designing and developing future ecotourism projects and maintaining a portfolio of projects.
    · Securing financial resources, providing technical support and ensuring proper monitoring and evaluation of the projects.
    · Donor reporting and the financial and administrative control of projects.

    The position is one of significant responsibility and impact at the regional level in CI. Candidates must therefore have the following qualifications and experience:
    · A University Degree in a relevant field.
    · Significant experience (5 years+) in ecotourism project management, ideally in the context of community-based and conservation programmes.
    · Knowledge of project planning and management methodologies.
    · Knowledge of business and financial planning.
    · Ability to work at all levels in ecotourism development from local communities to high level private sector, NGO and governments representatives.
    · Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team that combines different professional backgrounds.
    · Creative and resourceful, able to develop new ways of combining available resources to achieve the stated outcomes and milestones.
    · Good writing and spoken presentation skills in English and Setswana
    · Computer skills: word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software.
    · Driver's license.

    Applicants should submit an updated CV with full contact details of three referees to:

    The Director
    CI-Botswana
    Private Bag 132
    Maun, Botswana
    Tel: +267.6860017. Fax: +267.6861798

    e-mail Dr J Hanks: hanks@nbict.nbi.ac.za

    Closing date for applications: 20 June 2003

     

    ADDENDUM TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
    Conflict Resolution, Workshop Facilitation, Regional Partnership, & Training in Support of Sharing Water: Towards a Transboundary Consensus on the Management of the Okavango River
    Submission Deadline: July 11, 2003

    The Sharing Water Team consists of: IUCN's Regional Office for Southern Africa, Natural Heritage Institute (NHI), IUCN's Botswana Office, Namibia Nature Foundation, JEA (spell out), Harry Oppenhiemer Okavango Research Center, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

    REISSUE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
    Sharing Water partners, including NHI, are seeking to compliment our implementation team by partnering with an organization that specializes in conflict management and collaborative processes. Following our first project meeting, we are resubmitting the request for proposals for Sharing Water initially released in March 2003 with this Addendum. Except where noted below, the main text of the Request for Proposals for Sharing Water has remained unchanged. This addendum does not change the overall size of the reward as stated in the original RFP ($150,000).

    This RFP is now being more widely distributed in the US as well as in southern Africa. The intent of re-issuing this RFP is to determine if there are any interested southern African organizations with experience and skills in integrating river basin data and hydrological modeling into collaborative decision-making and joint fact-finding. We invite these organizations to respond to this RFP independently or in collaboration with US-based or other organizations. The re-issue also serves to encourage non-Southern African organizations to partner with an organization in the SADC region.

    The aim of this type of partnership will be to pass on facilitation skills required in technical; scientific; and joint-fact finding situations. Furthermore, the involvement of a southern African dispute resolution team will enable the transboundary mediation process to sustain itself after the life of the Sharing Water project.

    Please review the main text of the Sharing Water Request for Proposals for a Description of the Project, Description of Services Required Overall, Budget Information, Proposal Requirements, Consultant Evaluation Criteria and Selection Process.

    If you are proposing a partnership with a southern African organization, please describe contracting steps, collaborative process to facilitate the three key workshops, steps to craft a regionally sensitive and location specific strategy for facilitation, training, and joint fact-finding. In addition, please be specific about anticipated cost breakdown between lead organization and subcontract.

    ADDITIONAL CHANGES TO THE RFP
    The original RFP requested services for four (4) workshops. NHI, with its project partners, has combined workshops and now will only host three (3) workshops; one each in Luanda, Windhoek, and Maun.

    DIRECTIONS FOR SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL
    If you have already responded to our first Request for Proposals, it is not necessary to resubmit your entire proposal. Instead, we request you submit an Addendum addressing partnership with a facilitation team in the Southern African region and a revised budget that reflects this partnership and three workshops, instead of four.

    If you are submitting a proposal for the first time, please follow the directions of the original RFP which can be found on the NHI website at:
    http://www.n-h-i.org/Projects/InternationalRivers/Okavango/Okavango.html

    Please submit all Proposals and Addendums by July 11, 2003 to:

    Julie Leimbach
    409 Spring St.
    USA
    Nevada City, CA
    95959
    Telephone: 530 478 9026
    Email:
    juliel@n-h-i.org

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    Last Updated: June 19, 2003
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