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  1. 1. The DESIRE Approach and Dissemination Strategy: Botswana Site Perspectives and Experiences Atlhopheng, J.A, R. Chanda, K. Mulale
  2. 2. Structure of the presentation  Description of study site  Summary of the DESIRE Approach  Stakeholder mobilization  Stakeholder engagement  Workshops  Field visits  Technology selection  Information dissemination
  3. 3. Boteti Study Site - Botswana
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Stakeholder engagement Workshops
  8. 8. Stakeholder engagement
  9. 9. Stakeholder engagement
  10. 10. Stakeholder engagement
  11. 11. Stakeholder engagement
  12. 12. Stakeholder engagement Field visits
  13. 13. Technologies  Stakeholders suggested four possible projects for piloting  Community Game Ranching  Rainwater harvesting  Biogas Plant  Solar Cookers
  14. 14. Information collected by experts – Game Ranching Browser and Grazer
  15. 15. Information collected by experts – Rain water harvesting
  16. 16. Information collected by experts - Biogas
  17. 17. Information collected by experts – Solar Cooker
  18. 18. Participatory evaluation of the suggested projects
  19. 19. Participatory evaluation of the suggested projects
  20. 20. Participatory evaluation of the suggested projects
  21. 21. Dung & woody biomass survey
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. Vernacular photo-filled posters
  24. 24. 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

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