Show simple item record Swatuk, L.A. Motsholapheko, M. 2010-06-09T14:00:19Z 2010-06-09T14:00:19Z 2008
dc.identifier.citation Swatuk, L.A. & Motsholapheko, M. (2008) Communicating integrated water resources management: From globaldiscourse to local practice – Chronicling an experience from the Boteti River sub-Basin, Botswana, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Vol. 33, pp. 881–888 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1474-7065
dc.description.abstract The Boteti River is an ephemeral outflow of the Okavango River. It lies in the north-western part of Botswana where about 25,000 people reside across a number of widely scattered villages and informal settlements. The river, with its seasonal streams and pans, is vital to the livelihoods of these people, their livestock, and the wildlife that share this physical space. A combination of factors has led to widespread degradation of the physical resource base – both in the river bed itself and in the wider environment. As part of its outreach role, the Harry Oppeheimer Okavango Research Centre has undertaken a multi-year project along the Boteti River to assist people there with the rehabilitation of their resource base. The globally influential concept of integrated water resources management (IWRM) provides the analytical framework, in particular its emphasis on dialogue and stakeholder participation. The project has three primary aspects: facilitation of a dialogue platform; action-research; outreach and information dissemination. After two years of implementation, the project has collected a good deal of data and established a River Basin Forum with a common vision. However, the project continues to face difficulties in implementation: participation is limited; myths regarding resource degradation are difficult to dispel; meaningful communication among differently empowered actors is hard to achieve; and there are numerous human, financial and technological limitations. The primary researchers continue to alter their methods in the hope of achieving a functioning River Basin Committee (RBC), but observe that the globalized ideals of IWRM are, in this particular case at least, of limited use when attempting to alter localized management practices in basins with deeply embedded social and cultural practices. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier, en_US
dc.subject Project management en_US
dc.subject IWRM en_US
dc.subject River Basin en_US
dc.subject Botswana en_US
dc.subject Ngamiland en_US
dc.subject Boteti River en_US
dc.title Communicating integrated water resources management: From global discourse to local practice – Chronicling an experience from the Boteti River sub-Basin, Botswana en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US

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