The research project focuses on the Okavango basin with its variety of savannah wood-lands and wetland ecosystems linked by the central lifeline of the Okavango river. The region is a global hot-spot of accelerating change and land use conflicts and this study links high-level inter- and transdisciplinary research with trans-boundary stakeholder and land user requirements. The basin comprises different aspects of the Okavango river as it flows through the highly disturbed war ridden areas of Angola, and on through the semi-arid areas of Namibia and Botswana. In Botswana it terminates in the Okavango Delta, the worlds largest inland delta and the largest freshwater swamp south of the equator.
The Okavango basin is proposed here as a transboundary study region of high international visibility and high potential transferability of results to other tropical and sub-tropical regions.
Mathematik, Informatik und Naturwissenschaften
Institute of Plant Science and Microbiology, Biodiversity, Evolution & Ecoloy
Prof. Dr. Norbert Jürgens (project coordinator)
2010 - 2016
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Böhner, Institute of Geography; Prof. Dr. Annette Eschenbach, Institute of Soil Science; Prof. Dr. Michael Schnegg, Institute of Social & Cultural Anthropology
Among others: Centro de Estudos do Deserto, Angola; Climate Service Centre, Germany; Community Economic Development Project, Namibia; Desert Research Foundation, Namibia; Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany; Instituto de Investigacao Agronomica de Angola, Angola; Instituto Superior de Ciencias de Educacao, Angola; Kalahari Conservation Society, Botswana; Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, Germany; Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Namibia; National Botanical Research Institute, Namibia; Philipps University Marburg, Germany; Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia; Universidade Privada de Angola, Angola; University of Botswana, Botswana; University of Bremen, Germany; University of Gießen, Germany; University of Trier, Germany