Regional Vice Chair: Southern Africa
Masego Madzwamuse, Regional Vice Chair for Southern Africa and Co-Chair of the Theme on Sustainable Livelihoods, has extensive experience in traditional/indigenous natural resource management systems, community based conservation, land tenure and security, adaptive livelihood strategies, gender and environment, and sustainable land management.
She was IUCN Botswana Country Programme Coordinator from 2001 until February 2007 when she moved to IUCN ROSA as Regional Programme Development Officer where she stayed from March 2007 until May 2008. She then joined UNDP (June 2008-June 2009) and worked on the TerrAfrica Programme promoting sustainable land management in Sub-Saharan Africa. Central to her work was forming partnerships and building networks with multiple stakeholders mainly governments, NGOs and researchers to advance the objectives of IUCN and later UNDP.
She was instrumental in the formation of the Botswana Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) Forum; the Southern African CBNRM Forum and the Botswana Conservation and Development Forum which provide a platform for local communities, private sector, Government and other stakeholders to engage and share lessons learned on various conservation and policy matters. She recently facilitated the establishment of a Sub-Saharan Africa CSO Coordination Network for Sustainable Land Management. Ms Madzwamuse is a long standing member of the Southern African Sustainable Use Group has contributed to various products of this network. While employed with IUCN she was part of the IUCN Social Policy Team and served on the CEL Indigenous Peoples Working Group.
Ms Madzwamuse's professional experience is complimented by her research and publications on the land rights and developmental challenges of poverty stricken ethnic minorities in various parts of Botswana; rural livelihoods in dryland ecosystems; community based natural resource management in Southern Africa; the contribution of biodiversity to rural livelihoods; and community based adaptation to climate change. She recently published a book on Adaptive Livelihood Strategies of Basarwa (San) Communities in Northern Botswana in August 2009. Ms Madzwamuse is trained in Environmental Sciences and Sociology is currently working as an independent consultant and researcher based in South Africa.
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