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  • Consultative Meeting of the SADC on Climate Change
  • Okavango Delta in the spotlight at the first major conservation event of the millennium
  • State of The Environment of the Zambezi River Basin
  • New park for Gaborone West
  • Older News

  • Consultative Meeting of the SADC on Climate Change (October 2000)

    The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Environment and Land Management Sector (ELMS) in collaboration with IUCN called the first Consultative Meeting of the SADC on climate change in preparation for the upcoming sixth Conference to the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (13-24 November 2000, Den Haag, The Netherlands). The meeting was co-hosted with the Government of Botswana's Department of Meteorological Services (Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication) and funded by Deutshe Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTX) GmbH.

    Representatives from the governments of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Sounth Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe attended the meeting with representatives from NGOs, international organisations, the private sector and research institutions.

    The meeting was held in Gaborone, Botswana, 18-20 October 2000 to review the UNFCCC COP-6 agenda and identify areas of common interest on the following topics: Implementation of Articles 4.8 and 4.9 of the Convention; Capacity-building for Developing Countries; the Development of Transfer of Technology; Land use, Land use change and Forestry; and the Clean Development Mechanism.

    Read the Press release here.

    Okavango Delta in the spotlight at the first major conservation event of the millennium

    Amman Congress, IUCN's second World Conservation Congress (held 4-11 October), was the first major conservation event of the new millennium and defined key conservation goals for the new century. The theme of the Congress was "ecospace" - a term that indicates that the protection of the environment is a pre-requisite for the social, economic and even political security of people.

    About 2,500 IUCN members, commission members and partners from some 140 countries attended, including Botswana's Minister of Lands and Housing, Hon. Jacob Nkate, and representatives from the National Conservation Strategy (Co-ordinating) Agency, Conservation International Okavango Programme, Forestry Association of Botswana, Kalahari Conservation Society, Chobe Wildlife Trust and Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

    Nkate presented a compelling account on the activities of the Government of Botswana to manage the Okavango Delta wisely. As a direct result of his presentation, IUCN has included the Okavango Delta Management Plan in its Water and Nature Initiative.(IUCN, 11 October 2000)

    Visit the IUCN Botswana web site for more information or contact IUCN Botswana directly (tel/fax: (267 371 584, email:

    State of The Environment of the Zambezi River Basin

    IUCN Botswana, together with Minister Jacob Nkate, launched the State of the Environment of the Zambezi River Basin 2000 on the 14th of September 2000 at Mokolodi Nature Reserve. The publication and launch was funded by Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida). The publication was prepared as part of the Communicating the Environment Programme (CEP), a southern African partnership of SADC-ELMS, IUCN-The World Conservation Union and SARDC.

    For more information, contact IUCN Botswana, tel/fax: 371584; email:

    New Park for Gaborone West

    A new recreation area was developed by Somarelang Tikologo and the local Moselewapula Ward Development Committee. The park demonstrates that neglected open spaces in Botswana can be transformed into beautiful areas for recreation.

    For more information, contact Somarelang Tikologo tel: 313709 or email:

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    NGO Conference on the Environment 2000

    The third NGO Conference on the Environment was held 1-3 of August 2000 at the Grand Palm Hotel in Gaborone under the theme "Networking as a means of managing the environment". The conference was organised by the Kalahari Conservation Society and Thusano Lefatsheng and funded by HIVOS through the IUCN Botswana NGO Support Programme.

    Presentations covered six themes developed in the draft NGO Strategy on the Environment which are; environmental education for sustainability, research and monitoring, community based environmental management, environmental agenda, policies and legislation, land and resource tenure and environmental economics.

    The conference resolved, among other things, to resuscitate the Environment Liason Group in order to improve networking and established a task force to finalise the NGO Environmental Strategic Plan. The report of the conference will soon be available from this website as will information on the Strategic Environmental Planning process. (KCS, 4 August 2000)

    Environmental journalist of the year awarded

    The Environmental Journalist of the Year Award launched by Somarelang Tikologo last year at the Communicating the Environment workshop has been awarded to Gideon Nkala. The award aims at recognising and promoting environmental coverage in Botswana's media. The award Ceremony was held at the Grand Palm on August 2nd 2000. (ST, 4 August 2000)

    For more information, please contact

    VPR&D Founder retires

    Frank W. Taylor, the founding member of Veld Products Research & Development, the Gabane based NGO that promotes veld products for income and food security, has retired from the organistaion. "Working tirelessly and often without pay Frank was the driving force behind the organisation" This was said by the person of VPR&D's board, at a luncheon ceremony in honour of Taylor's retirement. The chairperson noted that Taylor will continue to serve VPR&D in his capacity as a board member and trough his expertise in developing new veld product innovations. In his address, Taylor thanked everyone for their kind words and acknowledged the contributions of present and past staff members of VPR&D. He expressed his desire to make use of his retirement to work even harder to help VPR&D and other organisations realise the potential of veld resources for the benefit of people in rural areas of Botswana. (VPR&D, July 2000)

    For more environmental news from Botswana, visit the IUCN Botswana web site to read the latest 'Environment Botswana News'. Environment Botswana News is a monthly electronic newsletter provided by IUCN Botswana with the aim to facilitate the sharing of information of the environment in Botswana.


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    Last Updated: November 5, 2000