Ecosystem Services and Human Well-being at Lake Ngami, Botswana: Implications for Sustainability

Donald Letsholo Kgathi (Editor)
Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana and Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Palapye, Botswana
Edwin N. Mosimanyana (Editor)
Joseph E. Mbaiwa (Editor)
Wellington R. L. Masamba (Editor)

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI020000

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This book is a compilation of peer reviewed chapters which address the dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystem services (ESSs) used at Lake Ngami in Northern Botswana. This book focuses on the implications of the ESSs used in terms of human well-being and sustainability, with Lake Ngami as a case study. Three broad cross-cutting themes are addressed: 1) The interaction between ESSs and direct drivers of ecosystem change such as flooding, climate change and variability; 2) the relationship between ESSs and institutions (rules, beliefs, norms, markets and property rights); and 3) the relationship between changes in ESSs and human well-being. In order to address these themes, the authors have divided the book into five parts: 1) Introduction and Background, 2) Supporting and Regulating ESSs, 3) Provisioning ESSs, 4) Cultural ESSs, and 5) Strategy for ESSs’ Governance and Policy Implications. The book demonstrates how the ESSs of Lake Ngami have the potential to make a substantial contribution to human-well-being. However, due to the variability in the flooding of the Okavango River, which results in decadal and longer dry periods in the lake, the benefits derived from ESSs by the local population cannot be guaranteed for the future. The contributors to this book are researchers with a plurality of backgrounds in natural and social sciences with diverse views. The policy recommendations suggested by some of the authors could contribute to the sustainable use and management of ESSs of wetlands in semi-arid environments.

Part One: Introduction and Background

Preface

Foreword 1
(Dr Jaap Arntzen)

Foreword 2
(Mr. Felix Monggae)

Chapter 1. Contextualising and Conceptualising Ecosystem Services and Human Well-Being in Lake Ngami, Botswana
(Donald L. Kgathi, Joseph E. Mbaiwa, Edwin N. Mosimanyana and Wellington R. L. Masamba, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana, and others)

Chapter 2. “A Magnificent Sheet of Water”: A Historiography of the Lake Ngami Landscape and Its Ecosystem Services in the Lower Okavango Delta, Botswana
(Maitseo M. M. Bolaane, Phuthego P. Molosiwa and Barbara N. Ngwenya, History Department, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana)

Chapter 3. Historical Analysis of Lake Ngami: A Sub-Tropical Fisheries System of the Okavango Delta, Botswana
(Benjamin Thupe, Patricia Mogomotsi, Ketlhatlogile Mosepele, Oluwatoyin D. Kolawole, Donald Mboma and Gaasite Moetse, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana)

Chapter 4. Climate Change in Lake Ngami, Botswana
(Oliver Moses, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana)

Chapter 5. Assessment of the Water Balance of Lake Ngami, Botswana
(Edwin N. Mosimanyana, Mangaliso J. Gondwe and Michael Murray-Hudson, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana)

Part Two: Supporting and Regulating Ecosystem Services

Chapter 6. Water Quality in Lake Ngami: Nutrient Sources, Concentrations and Sinks
(Mangaliso J. Gondwe, Wellington R. L. Masamba, Edwin N. Mosimanyana and Oarabile Mogobe, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana, and others)

Chapter 7. Seasonal Variability of Benthic and Pelagic Primary Production in Lake Ngami, Botswana
(Richard Mazebedi, Anson W. Mackay, Vivienne J. Jones and Mangaliso J. Gondwe, Department of Biology and Biotechnological Sciences, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Palapye, Botswana, and others)

Chapter 8. Potential Ecological Importance of Waterbirds at Lake Ngami, Botswana
(Lucas P. Rutina and Ketlhatlogile Mosepele, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana, and others)

Chapter 9. Fish Biodiversity Dynamics in a Shallow Tropical Lake: The Case of Lake Ngami
(Ketlhatlogile Mosepele*, Kaelo Makati, Ineelo Mosie, Michael Murray-Hudson and Lucas P. Rutina, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana)

Part Three: Provisioning Ecosystem Services

Chapter 10. Fishery Dynamics in a Shallow, Fluctuating Tropical Lake: The Case of Lake Ngami
(Ketlhatlogile Mosepele and Oluwatoyin D. Kolawole, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana)

Chapter 11. Utilisation of Fisheries Resources at Lake Ngami: Insights from Sehithwa Village in North-Western Botswana
(Lingani M. Matlou, Oluwatoyin D. Kolawole, Wame L. Hambira, Patricia Mogomotsi, Ketlhatlogile Mosepele and Donald L. Kgathi, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana, and others)

Chapter 12. Emerging Regional Fish Trade and Food Security in the Lower Okavango Delta, Botswana
(Donald L. Kgathi, Dimpho M. Matlhola, Ketlhatlogile Mosepele, Oluwatoyin D. Kolawole and Manga Motho, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana)

Chapter 13. Crop Yield Potential under Flood Recession Farming at Lake Ngami and Matsaudi, Botswana
(Keotshepile Kashe, Thebeetsile S. Moroke and Oarabile Mogobe, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana, and others)

Part Four: Cultural Ecosystem Services

Chapter 14. Birdwatching and Sustainable Tourism at Lake Ngami, Botswana
(Joseph E. Mbaiwa, Lesego Stone and Moren Stone, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana, and others)

Chapter 15. Prospects of Recreational Fishing as an Ecotourism Venture at Lake Ngami, Botswana
(Moren T. Stone, Joseph E. Mbaiwa and Lesego S. Stone, Department of Environmental Science, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana, and others)

Chapter 16. Community-Based Natural Resources Management and Ecosystem Services at Lake Ngami, Botswana
(Joseph E. Mbaiwa, Olekae T. Thakadu and Donald L. Kgathi, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana)

Part Five: Towards a Strategy for Ecosystem Services Governance, Botswana

Chapter 17. Length-Based Fish Stock Assessment of a Shallow Tropical Sump Lake: Lake Ngami, Botswana
(K. Mosepele, K. Makati, I. Mosie and M. Murray-Hudson, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana)

Chapter 18. Natural Resources Competition, Conflicts and Environmental Threats to Ecosystem Services at Lake Ngami, Botswana
(Joseph E. Mbaiwa, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana)

Chapter 19. Synthesis and Implications for Sustainability and Governance of Ecosystem Services at Lake Ngami, Botswana
(Joseph E. Mbaiwa, Donald L. Kgathi, Edwin N. Mosimanyana and Wellington R. L. Masamba, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana, and others)

Contributors List

Index

"Case studies covered in this book provide an opportunity for decision-makers and other readers to reflect on the nexus between biodiversity and ecosystem services conservation that should be methodically managed. The Lake Ngami situation, as described in the book, occasionally depicts an element of complexity faced by decision-makers towards the lake inhabitants. It is against this backdrop that, the socio-economic chapters of the book promote behavioral change in decision-making and policy formulation in resource rich areas such as Lake Ngami and the rest of the Okavango Delta.” - Felix Monggae, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Tourism, Government of Botswana

“This book fills an important gap in the literature on the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Okavango Delta.” Written by a multidisciplinary team of experts, it discusses the entire range of ecosystem services that Lake Ngami provides, and suggests how it can be best managed. Excellent reading for scholars and planners.” - Dr. Jaap Arntzen, Director, Centre for Applied Research, Gaborone, Botswana. Formerly Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Environmental Studies, Free University Amsterdam and Senior Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science, University of Botswana

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