Towards an Integrated Sustainable Harvesting, Management and Conservation of Phane and Mophane Woodland
Towards an Integrated Sustainable Harvesting, Management and Conservation of Phane and Mophane Woodland
The concerns on Phane have been echoed elsewhere in the Southern Africa region where the caterpillar occurs subsisting on the Mophane vegetation.Studies were initiated in other countries such as Namibia in response to the government enquiry on its trade.The project towards an intergrated suistainable harvesting, management and conservation of phane and mophane woodland focus on socio-economic as well as biophysical aspects sill lacks behind.Therefore this project seeks to find how do biotic factors of temperature, rainfall, fire and soil type influence phane occurrence production and population levels inter and intra seasonaly.
Which of the biotic factors such as parasites and other predatory wild animals for instance antelopes, birds etc affect the population and which life stage is most vulnarable.
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Project Snapshot

University of Botswana - Biological Sciences Dept
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 43,660.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
An overwhelming majority of Phane harvesters are women and this is due to the fact that the majority of them has low levels of education and they heads large families.
Replication of project activities
As Phane is a major source of protain espeacilly for rural communities the project facilitator are plannig to colaborate with other researchers in the neighbouring countries and replicate what is being done in Botswana.
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Grantee Contact

Dr Marks K Ditlhogo
Phone: +267 3552600


Biological Sciences Department, Private Bag 0022, Gaborone
Gaborone , Southern Africa ,


SGP Country office contact

Ms. Abigail Engleton
+267 363-3767
Mr Baboloki Autlwetse


UN Building, Government Enclave Corner Khama Crescent & President Drive P O Box 54
Gaborone, SADC