The Future Okavango (TFO): Final Synthesis Report – Findings, Scenarios and Implications for Strategic Actions

July 13, 2015, 10:03am

The Future Okavango (TFO): Final Synthesis Report – Findings, Scenarios and Implications for Strategic Actions

 

Monday, 13th July at 19h00:  The Scientific Society offers a English presentation by Prof. Dr. Norbert Jürgens, University of Hamburg, Germany


The Okavango River, connecting the countries Angola, Namibia and Botswana, is one of the large lifelines of Southern Africa. However, accelerating climate change, commercialization, population growth, and land use change 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. What does that mean for the potential future development of the basin and for the local people whose livelihood depends on the ecosystem? Which developments may shape the basin within the next 15 years? The project “The Future Okavango” , funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, is dedicated to give some answers to these complex challenges. It aims to support sustainable land use and resource management in the Okavango basin by providing scientific knowledge on the socio-ecological system. The project has been faced with the challenge to understand backgrounds and drivers of changes and to develop new models, scenarios and strategies to help maintaining the functioning of the ecosystem and its services and the well-being of its population. After five years of research the international and interdisciplinary project team now aims to give insights into its findings and discuss these with all interested stakeholder in order to find joint responses to allow for a sustainable development.


Montag, 13. Juli um 19:00 Uhr: Englischer Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Norbert Jürgens, Universität Hamburg, über
Das Projekt „The Future Okavango” (TFO), finanziert vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Deutschland.