Okavango facts

The combined population of people in the Cubango - Okavango basin in 2000 was 1,113,000; of these, 76% resided in Angola, 13% in Namibia, and 11% in Botswana. Even taking into account mortality from HIV/AIDS and other diseases, the population is expected to increase to 1,686,000 by 2020.

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Prof. Nkobi Moleele

Botwana Biodiversity Task Force member and Chief Scientist, RESILIM.

Dr Nkobi MoleeleProfessor Nkobi Mpho Moleele is a natural resources management practitioner and researcher.

Nkobi has more than 15 years of experience in development and research programs working on multi-million dollar environmental management programs in the Southern Africa region. During that time he has worked as project coordinator and chief technical advisor for UNDP-GEF and IUCN biodiversity conservation programs in the Okavango River Delta and Basin.

‘OKACOM is successfully piloting transboundary cooperation and management using participatory approaches’

He previously worked as Senior Lecturer/Researcher at the Environmental Sciences Department of the University of Botswana, where he taught and researched natural resources management and in biodiversity conservation related fields. He enjoyed guiding students in research planning.Nkobi also served as leader of project teams for project development in the biodiversity/natural resources management fields with a focus on large, complex projects requiring special technical inputs.. Much of his work has been in nurturing partnerships; this has involved liaising and networking with institutions at national, regional and international levels. The aim of these activities is to mobilize strategic partnerships which will support research and development in natural resources management fields.

Nkobi is currently Chief Scientist in the USAID-funded Resilience in the Limpopo River Basin Program (RESILIM). He has been in this position since 2012, when the program implementation was initiated from Maputo, Mozambique.

In 1991 Nkobi gained his BSc. in Environmental Science from the University of Botswana. He went on to earn his MSc. in 1994, it was in Applied Science, specializing in natural resources management and he gained it from the University of Canberra in Australia. In 1999 Nkobi graduated with his PhD in Physical Geography, specializing in rangeland ecology and management, from Stockholm University in Sweden.

Nkobi was been given Young Scientist Award, from International START Secretariat, in 2002 and was recognized as an Emerging Researcher in Science & Technology, by the University of Botswana in 2003.

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