ABOUT THE NEED PROJECT

needThe abbreviation NEED means Network of Energy Excellence for Development and therewith describes already the central idea of the project: The establishment of a research network in the field of Renewable Energies in Southern Africa. Four universities and one research centre from Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Germany have joined their forces to create structures for the development of technical know-how in the field of renewable energies, to interlink relevant stakeholders and to foster the awareness and the willingness to take actions for renewable energies on political level in the target countries. Of central importance therefore are the following three fields of action

the development of dual study programmes
the harmonization of industry standards and
the pooling of research activities in the field of RE.
Besides this three fields of activities two energy concepts for remote areas – a dryland area and a wetland region - will be conceptualised. The project is scheduled for three years and funded by the European Union. Visit the NEED website for more imformation dasdasdasdas

SASSCAL

The Okavango Research Institute is administering four research projects funded through the Southern Africa Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management programme (SASSCAL). The programme is a joint initiative of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Germany as a response to the global and emerging challenges of land use and climate change. The programme was implemented in 2013 and funded a number of problem-oriented research projects in the area of adaptation to climate change and sustainable land management in the five southern African countries. It seeks to motivate regional perspective to analyzing and addressing land use and climate change issues, and further provide evidence-based advice to improve the livelihoods of the people in the region.

Currently, the programme is supporting four projects at ORI covering areas of water quality and quantity, human-wildlife interaction issues and benefits, herbivore distributions and movements, and capacity building in research methods and grant proposal development. The total grant for the projects is around € 848,721 (approximately BWP 9,335, 931).

Seven Master of Philosophy (MPhil) students and 1 doctoral student in wildlife ecology are undergoing training at ORI with all the students expected to complete their studies this year (2016). Over 11 full-time researchers are involved in the projects, with some collaboration with private researchers and other institutes in the country and abroad. The programme is scheduled to end in October 2017, with a possibility of expanding to other research areas of interest in land use, climate change, water and biodiversity, and capacity building.

 

The Future Okavango (TFO)

tfo2The Project

The Okavango River is one of the large lifelines of Southern Africa. It has its source in the rainy highlands of Angola forms part of the northeastern border of Namibia and terminates in the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta and the largest freshwater swamp south of the equator. Accelerating climate change, population growth, and anthropogenic over-utilization of natural resources turn the Okavango Basin with its variety of savannah woodlands and wetland ecosystems into a global hot-spot of biodiversity loss and potential land use conflicts. There is a need for high-quality scientific contributions to optimize landuse and resource management. The inter disciplinary research project „The Future Okavango“(TFO) is dedicated to support a sustainable landuse and resource management in the Okavango Basin with scientific knowledge. TFO will analyze the interlinkages between human action and nature’s services. An improved understanding will help to evaluate and valorize existing ecosystem services and landuses within their cultural and socioeconomic context and to discover potentials for improved land management.

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