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Plants and People Africa
A Charity Registered in England No 06488911
A charity enabling the monitoring and management of bio-diversity in Africa
Plants and People Africa is a UK charity that has been established to contribute to conservation work in Africa through plant studies.
Current Project Partners in Botswana
Alison and Roger Heath (plantsandpeopleafrica (PAPA)) have already coordinated and carried out a pilot project in the Linyanti area. They collected and preserved plant specimens, images and data and have created the computer tools for an electronic plant identification manual. RBGKew have published their ‘Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta’.
They will extend this work to cover the whole of the Delta. They have provided a vehicle, computers, camera equipment and PAPA jointly funded the research camp at Chief’s Camp with Sanctuary Retreats.
As a result of PAPA’s work in the Selinda Roger and Alison have been appointed Honorary Research Associates of RBGKew and Affiliate Researchers to the University of Botswana.
Sanctuary Retreats (in conjunction with plantsandpeopleafrica) have provided a research camp attached to Chief’s Camp on Chief’s Island in the centre of the Delta. They support the project on a day to day basis in the field providing accommodation, sustenance, logistical backup, maintenance and communications.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK – Have, since 2001, provided authoritative plant identifications, technical advice and input on conservation aspects and have published the pilot project’s ‘Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta’, based on the work carried out in the Linyanti. They also hold a voucher set of specimens of the plants and will do so for the Delta project.
Botswana National Museum - A team at the National Herbarium has worked on the pilot project and will continue to provide plant identification and information about local names and uses. They also hold a voucher set of specimens of the plants and will do so for the Delta project.
Department of Wildlife and National Parks – This project has arisen at the instigation of DWNP after seeing the results of the project in the Linyanti. DWNP are offering help with the necessary permits, access and ranger support in the field.
Okavango Research Institute of the University of Botswana – Coordinates the GEF funded Okavango Bio-diversity Conservation Project and were partners in the establishment of the Okavango Delta Management Plan (ODMP). The Linyanti pilot project supplied specimens of the plants to the Pete Smith Herbarium and they make use of them in their work. They will be provided with specimens for the plants in the rest of the Delta. They will disseminate information and promote use of the field guide and interactive checklist.
The Millennium Bio-diversity Initiative – through this initiative the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) of Kew has provided specialist seed collection equipment, logistical and technical support.
The Botswana Department of Agriculture – Processes seed and stores it for the Millennium Bio-diversity Initiative and arranges for onward transmission of seed to the Millennium Seed Bank.
The Botswana National College of Agriculture receives authoritatively identified, pressed specimens for their herbarium. They will disseminate information and promote use of the field guide and interactive checklist.