Okavango Delta World Heritage Site Research and Practice Team Lab

Okavango Delta Management Plan 2021-2028 by  Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana
Publié: 12 mai 2022
Dernière modification: 02 juin 2022
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Okavango Delta World Heritage Site Research-Practice Team Lab is a collaborative multidisciplinary team founded in 2021 in the ICCROM-IUCN World Heritage Leadership Heritage Place Lab framework to bridge the gap between stakeholders that care for the site. In this process, the UNESCO Chair on African Heritage Studies and Sustainable Development of the University of Botswana and the Botswana National Museum Art and Gallery have partnered to develop a shared platform where researchers and site managers can co-produce collaborative research which informs the development of management policies. Our aim is to contribute to the protection and understanding of the Outstanding Universal Value of the Okavango Delta World Heritage Site through an ongoing research agenda that addresses the following areas:

1. Stakeholder synergy and participation

2. Climate change

3. Local cultural values




Afrique de l'Est et du Sud
Scale of implementation
Zones humide (marécage, marais, tourbière)
Écosystèmes d'eau douce
Acteurs locaux
Adaptation au changement climatique
Braconnage et la criminalité environnementale
Connectivité / conservation transfrontières
Gestion des inondations et des incendies
Gestion et Planification des Aires protégées et conservées
Gouvernance des Aires protégées et conservées
Géodiversité et géoconservation
L'intégration de la biodiversité
Moyens d'existence durables
Species Conservation and One Health Interventions
Surveillance de la santé de la faune (pour capturer la biodiversité, la santé, les maladies et la surveillance des agents pathogènes)
One Health
Commerce des animaux sauvages et conflits homme-animaux sauvages
Urban and Disaster Risk Management
Sustainable urban infrastructure and services
Manque d'accès au financement à long terme
Changements dans le contexte socio-culturel
Sustainable development goals
ODD 4 - Éducation de qualité
ODD 13 - Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
Business engagement approach
Engagement direct avec des associations


Okavango, North-West, Botswana


The Okavango Delta plays a major role in nurturing human cultural diversity and related knowledge systems, as well as in conserving unique biological diversity and inland waterway ecosystem. As a part of the management of this large natural site, the Okavango Delta World Heritage Site Research-Practice Team has identified research priorities and management solutions:


●     The socio-cultural values of the site are recognized and need to be documented. The Indigenous and local practices of diverse ethnic groups of people need to be appreciated and documented as they are intertwined with nature in the Okavango Delta;


●     People and wildlife coexist and co-existence needs to be further explored for sustainability. Eco-pedagogy needs to be infused into the daily lives of people as they reside in the wildlife area of the Okavango Delta;


●     Climate adaptation strategies are in place and could be locally based. Rural livelihoods and households adaptation strategies from shocks (e.g. recurrent droughts, intermittent rainfalls, crop damage, floods) are continuously being strengthened by local communities.


●     Indigenous and scientific knowledge are being integrated and the co-production of management knowledge and management practices needs further exploration.

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Katlego Mwale University of Botswana, The Department of National Museum Art and Gallery

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University of Botswana
University of Botswana
The Department of National Museum Art and Gallery
University of Botswana
The Department of National Museum Art and Gallery
The Department of National Museum Art and Gallery
The Department of National Museum Art and Gallery