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    Cn 8 th14_bot_botswana_perspectives_atlopheng Cn 8 th14_bot_botswana_perspectives_atlopheng Presentation Transcript

    • The DESIRE Approach and Dissemination Strategy: Botswana Site Perspectives and Experiences
      Atlhopheng, J.A, R. Chanda, K. Mulale
    • Structure of the presentation
      Description of study site
      Summary of the DESIRE Approach
      Stakeholder mobilization
      Stakeholder engagement
      Workshops
      Field visits
      Technology selection
      Information dissemination
    • Boteti Study Site - Botswana
    • Description of Study Site
      Semi-arid climate - subsistence agro-pastoralism
      Droughts are endemic - with an estimated recurrence interval of 10-18 years
      The area is recognized as a hotspot of land degradation driven by overgrazing and dry season wind erosion
      The Boteti River has been dry for over 25years, and has negatively affected livelihoods in the area
    • DESIRE APPROACH
      Multi-disciplinary . Triangulation (Expert,
      Multiple Stakeholders . Local knowledge, field
      Researchers (academics) experience)
      Decision makers . Joint problem
      Land users . Pilot Project (knowledge
      Local authority in action
      Participatory Action . Joint Monitoring
      Research . Adaptive learning
      Ownership of outcomes
    • Stakeholder Mobilization
      Project area visit (researchers)
      Sub-district office - decision makers
      Kgotla (Chief’s office) – local authority
      Village Development Committee – land users
      Pre-workshop as icebreaker – held at community hall (considered neutral venue)
      DESIRE Project brief
      Relevant stakeholders identified
    • Stakeholder engagement
      Workshops
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Stakeholder engagement
      Field visits
    • Technologies
      Stakeholders suggested four possible projects for piloting
      Community Game Ranching
      Rainwater harvesting
      Biogas Plant
      Solar Cookers
    • Information collected by experts – Game Ranching
    • Information collected by experts – Rain water harvesting
    • Information collected by experts - Biogas
    • Information collected by experts – Solar Cooker
    • Participatory evaluation of the suggested projects
    • Participatory evaluation of the suggested projects
    • Participatory evaluation of the suggested projects
    • Dung & woody biomass survey
    • Information dissemination
      Harmonized Information System (HIS) on the DESIRE website (http://www.desire-project.eu)
      NB Boteti land users cannot access the information for
      lack of Internet facilities and low literacy rates.
      HIS Newsletters translated into vernacular language
    • Vernacular photo-filled posters
    • Video
      The video has been used to communicate community views to the UNCCD Focal Point and other external stakeholder within Botswana, and is posted on the DESIRE website (http://www.desire-his.eu) for the global audience