Management of prosopis in kgalagadi South
Management of prosopis in kgalagadi South
BORAVAST Community Resource Management Trust which comprises of Bokspits, Rappelspan, Vaalhoek, Struizendam and surrounding areas intends undertaking a project that aims at developing a management strategy that can be used in controlling the invasive Mesquite (Prosopis species). Mesquite has invaded and is continuing to invade the Molopo and Nossop River beds and the surrounding rangelands. The plant has successfully colonised the area. Its allelophathic properties have enabled it to out-compete and replace most of the indigenous vegetation, forming dense thorn bushes. Circumstaintial evidence suggests that it may also be lowering important fresh-water aquifers and clogging boreholes with its extensive root system. This has seriously degraded rangelands and reduced biodiversity. In addition, there are some suspicions that mesquite cause allergic diseases in humans.

BORAVAST area is located in the south - western part of Kgalagadi District. This area is one of the driest in Botswana, receiving an annual average rainfall of about 200mm.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
BORAVAST Community Resources Management Trust
Country:
Botswana
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Operational Phase:
Phase 4
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 91,876.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 87,666.00
Project Number:
BOT/SGPOP4/CORE/07/01/02
Start Date:
1/2008
End Date:
1/2010
Status:
Project Terminated Before Completion
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
As is the case with most rural areas in Botswana, women, the aged and children are normally left behind by the able in search of income earning activities. It is hoped that the project would engage or involve all as much as possible. The best the project could do is not create jobs but improve environmental conditions to provide an enabling environment.
Capacity - Building Component
For the project to achieve some success and be sustainable, it has to utilize both indigenous knowledge (IK) of the communities and modern scientific knowledge (MSK). It is therefore legitimate to assume that the communities have knowledge on the invasion history and mode of Prosopis. On the other hand, there is a need to understand the biology and ecology of the plant. A clever balance needs to be struck between these two systems of knowledge to develop capacity to manage and control Prosopis in the area. The project will, by all means, avoid imposing any knowledge that would be difficult for assimilation by the communities.
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Partnership

University of Botswana and DFRR

Grantee Contact

Mr Andrew Vilander
Phone: +267 72276899
 

Address

Private Bag M7, Middlepits, Botswana
Struizendam , SADC , +267

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Abigail Engleton
Phone:
+267 363-3767
Email:

Address

UN Building, Government Enclave Corner Khama Crescent & President Drive P O Box 54
Gaborone, SADC