In collaboration with its national partners, the Kalahari-Namib Project will be convening the South Africa National Steering Committee meeting in Upington on the 12th March 2013. This will be followed by a two day workshop with farmers and the local community members in Mier, Northern Cape Province from 13-14 March 2013. The workshop will engage local farmers in Community Environmental Action Planning (CEAP). The CEAP approach empowers local communities to undertake conservation and development initiatives that fit their unique natural environment, culture and value systems.
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Stakeholder Engagement and Participatory Environmental Planning in the Northern Cape, South Africa
Farmers tackle predators ethically
Predation on livestock particularly from jackal “jakals”, caracal “rooikat” and domestic feral dogs is an on-going challenge for farmers of Khuis and Surprise Farms. Through funding and support from the Kalahari-Namib Project a predator information day was convened on 26 November 2013 at Khuis Farm in John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality involving 51 farmers and government officials.
Partners set to track their footprints in Orange-Senqu river basin
Partners implementing two projects in the Orange-Senqu river basin met in Pretoria, South Africa from 18 to 20 February 2012 to share experiences and agree on how to monitor project achievements in a participatory manner. The two projects target parts of the same river basin and are addressing common challenges including ecosystem management, biodiversity, water resources, land management, invasive species and environmental degradation.
Regional Forum explores solutions for addressing the spread of Prosopis in the Kalahari-Namib drylands
Scientists, policy makers and community representatives met recently to discuss the management of Prosopis, an invasive alien species occurring in the Molopo-Nossob river basin that covers part of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The Annual Regional Forum on Invasive Alien Species was convened by IUCN ESARO early this month in Gaborone, Botswana under the Kalahari-Namib project. It brought together participants from the riparian countries of Botswana, Namibia and S Africa drawn from government, academia, NGOs, private sector and community-based organizations.
Jewels of the Kalahari
For poor people living in the drylands of Southern Africa, sustainably harvesting and marketing a range of valuable natural products could help lift their fortunes.
Land degradation threatens Kalahari
The Molopo-Nosob area in southern Kalahari continues to experience land degradation, loss of biodiversity as well as primary productivity due to inappropriate land use practices, lack of knowledge and inappropriate policies. In order to mitigate the impacts of these land uses, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa established the Kalahari-Namib project.
Communities participate in identifying solutions to landscape and natural resource management issues in Khawa, Botswana
Community representatives of Khawa in the Kgalagadi district of Botswana met recently to develop a community environmental action plan for their area. The participatory workshop was hosted by Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) in partnership with IUCN and identified key and relevant actions that could address some of the environmental and socio-economic challenges in the village.
Three riparian states agree on the management approaches for Molopo-Nossob river basin
Officials from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa met in Pretoria, South Africa this week to agree on first steps towards the sustainable land management of the Molopo-Nossob river basin. The meeting focused on the implementation arrangements for the Kalahari –Namib project being implemented by IUCN in collaboration with the three countries and with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Experts endorse priority interventions for the Molopo-Nossob River Basin
IUCN convened experts and government officials from the Molopo-Nossob River Basin to discuss and agree on priority activities to tackle land degradation in the Kalahari-Namib ecosystem and promote joint management involving Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
SADC Policy makers deliberate on the challenges and solutions to managing and controlling the spread of invasive Prosopis at UNCCD COP
The Kalahari-Namib programme hosted a side event at the eleventh meeting of the United Nations Framework to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Conference of Parties (COP) on Monday 16 September 2013 in the Rio Pavillion. The event explored the challenges and solutions to managing and controlling the spread of invasive Prosopis in dryland ecosystems through an introductory participatory video, a high level panel discussion and an informal dialogue.
Communities make a decision to fight invasive Mesquite in Kgalagadi District of Botswana
Community members from the four villages of Bokspits, Rappelspan, Vaalhoek and Struizendam, also known as the BORAVAST villages, gathered for three days from 3-5 June 2013 to discuss the problem of Prosopis, a spiny tree or shrub commonly known as Mesquite, and decide on the best methods to tackle the invasive plant.
Botswana makes strides in developing national strategy to manage and control invasive mesquite
A national workshop to review the draft Mesquite Management Strategy for Botswana was convened on 14 May 2013 in Gaborone. The workshop was attended by stakeholders from various government sectors, non-governmental organisations, experts, researchers and the communities whose homesteads and grazing areas have been invaded by Prosopis spp.