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Scientific symposium, Rundu, Namibia, 24 - 27 Feb 2014


A short overview

More than sixty scientists from the four countries involved in the TFO project met in Rundu, Namibia for a three day symposium. After opening words from the Master of Ceremony, Mr Ben Strohbach, Polytechnic of Namibia, and the TFO speaker, Prof. Norbert Jürgens, University of Hamburg, on behalf of the TFO-consortium, results from the respective subprojects were presented and discussed. The talks and work groups during the next two days dealt with interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary topics: The current status of the scenario building process was presented as well as preliminary results from the interviews with stakeholders concerning their involvement in TFO and their expectations towards the project findings. In the work groups, monetary and non-monetary valuation of ecosystem services, trends and drivers of change, trade offs as well as governance aspects were discussed. On the last evening of the symposium, the special TFO Journal "Biodiversity & Ecology" entitled "Environmental Assessments in the Okavango Region" was launched and three participatory films produced by TFO in collaboration with local stakeholders were shown to the interested public.

Presentations: Tuesday, February 25, 2014




Weber, T., Haensler, A., Kriegsmann, A., Jacob, D.
Climate Change in the Okavango Region

SP01



Hendrik Göhmann, T. Steudel, S. Kralisch & W.-A. Flügel
Intermediate findings and results Hydrological modeling

SP02



Alexander Gröngröft & Ibo Zimmermann
The role of soils in providing Ecosystem Services State of research of SP03

SP03



Ibo Zimmermann, Maxon Simfukwe & Theobald Kudumo
Agronomic Benchmark trials in Kavango Region



Finckh, M., Stellmes, M., Schneibel, A., Revermann, R., Röder, A., De Cauwer, V., Maiato, F., Tsheboeng, G., Lubinda, A. & Wallenfang, J.
Impacts of land use on vegetation

SP05 SP09.1



Stellmes, M., Schneibel, A., Röder, A., De Cauwer, V., Revermann, R., Piedade, A. & Finckh, M.
Vegetation Mapping

SP05 SP09.1



João Baptista
Ecosystem Values and the Impacts of Commodity Consumption

SP06



Thomas Falk
The contribution of multi-layer natural resource governance to EF&S delivery Preliminary core findings

SP07



Domptail S., Kowalski B, Matlhola D, Zimmermann I, Holden J, Nuppenau E.A.
Land use system analysis and steps towards valuation

SP08



Baboloki Autlwetse, Thomas Falk, Lucky Ganeb, Martin Gruber, Miguel Sachilulo Hilario, Felix Monggae, Ute Schmiedel, Laura Schmidt
Governing trans-disciplinarity and capacity development for enabling EF&S management innovations

SP10



Sven Kralisch, F. Zander, J. Helmschrot, M. Fink, T. Steudel, H. Göhmann, W.-A. Flügel
The Okavango Basin Information System (OBIS)

Presentations on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary topics, February 26-27, 2014




Domptail,S.
Intermediate results of the scenario building process



Schmidt, L.
TFO - Stakeholder Interaction & Communication

Outcome of discussions in work groups, February 26-27, 2014




Erb, C.
Ecosystem services and valuation



Nuppenau, E.A.
Trade-off Analysis & its implication for integration



Pröpper, M. & Röder, A.
Trends Group Results



Photo gallery


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Participants of the Rundu scientific symposium
© TFO Susanne Stirn
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Opening remarks by Norbert Jürgens
© TFO Susanne Stirn
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Presentation of the para-ecologists
© TFO Susanne Stirn
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Lively discusions
© TFO Susanne Stirn
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The audience in the conference hall
© TFO Susanne Stirn
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During the coffee break
© TFO Susanne Stirn
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Field trip to a conservation agriculture field in Mashare
© TFO Susanne Stirn
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Presentation of the participatory films
© TFO Susanne Stirn