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‘Field Guide published of the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta’
Kew’s latest publication, ‘Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta’ by Alison and Roger Heath, edited by David Goyder, has received wide exposure over the last few weeks.
The Heaths attended the ‘World Wetlands Symposium’ arranged in Maun by the Okavango Research Institute of the University of Botswana. There were more than 200 delegates from 29 countries who discussed all aspects of the conservation and utilisation of pulse flooded wetlands and their importance in managing climate change. The book was exhibited there and hailed as a significant contribution to knowledge of and management of the bio-diversity of the world’s largest Ramsar site.
The 2nd February each year is ‘World Wetlands Day’ and as part of the Symposium a morning of special events was organised which included the launch of the ‘Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta’. Professor Sue Ringrose, Symposium Chair, welcomed it as a major tool for all those working in the conservation of bio-diversity in the Okavango Delta.
The following week a gala function was held in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, during which Roger and Alison presented a specially bound copy of the book to His Excellency Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, the President of Botswana who had written the Foreword. His Excellency takes a keen interest in all aspects of conservation and showed great enthusiasm for the book.
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