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End Date : 01.01.2014

Start Date : 01.01.2012

The Future Okavango (TFO) Project

Department : Okavango Research Institute

Researcher : Prof Wellington R.L. Masamba

Research Detail:

The Okavango River is one of the large lifelines of Southern Africa. It has its source in the rainy highlands of Angola, forms part of the northeastern border of Namibia and terminates in the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta and the largest freshwater swamp south of the equator. Accelerating climate change, population growth, and anthropogenic over-utilization of natural resources turn the Okavango Basin with its variety of savannah woodlands and wetland ecosystems into a global hotspot of biodiversity loss and potential land use conflicts. There is a need for high-quality scientific contributions to optimize landuse and resource management. The interdisciplinary research project „The Future Okavango“(TFO) is dedicated to support a sustainable landuse and resource management in the Okavango Basin with scientific knowledge. TFO will analyze the interlinkages between human action and nature’s services. An improved understanding will help to evaluate and valorize existing ecosystem services and landuses within their cultural and socio-economic context and to discover potentials for improved land management. With an innovative and trans-disciplinary approach TFO aims at supporting the already well established communication between science and decision makers leading to the participatory implementation of research results. Results promise a high potential transferability to other tropical and sub-tropical regions. www.future-okavango.org
TFO aims at:
·         an improvement of knowledge based land use management within the Okavango catchment – involving the countries Angola, Botswana and Namibia
·         the application of a trans-disciplinary approach by involving relevant stakeholders on different scales
·         the analysis of ecosystem functions (ESF) and services (ESS) under scenarios of global change
Contact Details :
ORI - Maun Botswana Tel:6817200 Fax:6861835