The Future Okavango (TFO) project The TFO project concentrates on research of the Okavango catchment within the countries Angola, Botswana and Namibia. The head office of this project is situated at the University of Hamburg (UHH).

Central to the project implementation is to combine previously separate research branches of natural and social sciences as well as technology with the aim of studying different aspects of global and regional change in a broad context.

The research integrates different but related topics in a cross-disciplinary approach. The implementation mainly depends on action-based research and thus on the generation of knowledge which can be used directly by people in the regions.

Usability requires a transdisciplinary approach and is ultimately decided at the level of decision-makers and stakeholders involved in the research process.”

DRFN is involved in Sub-Project 10 (SP10) “Governing trans-disciplinarity and capacity development for enabling ESF&S management innovations”.

Central to this sub-project is to:
Enable trans-disciplinarity by officially linking research to existing stakeholder structures, organising stakeholder meetings and supporting continuous interaction between scientific and non-scientific stakeholder networks. Influence Network Mapping and scenario approach will be applied.

Establishing Forum for Integrated Research and Resource Management (FIRM) as platforms for trans-disciplinary research.

A key instrument of DRFN’s strategy to enable participatory research is the Forum for Integrated Research and Resource Management (FIRM). FIRM is an information platform established to support community based organizations, allowing the local community to take the lead in organizing, planning and monitoring their own development, while coordinating the interventions of their service providers such as traditional authorities, government extension services, NGOs, as well as the scientific community. FIRMs are established in a participatory manner, putting the local community in the centre of their own development.

For more information about DRFN’s contributions to this project, please contact Kenneth Ganeb

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