As part of the SARUA Initiative Climate Change Counts, country consultations were held in Botswana at the Cresta President Hotel in Gaborone, on 18th and 19th April 2013. The consultations were structured as a 1.5 day programme, with combined participation of University, Government, Private Sector and Civil Society stakeholders.
The workshop was positively evaluated, especially in terms of learning more about CCD and to be able to seek ways to apply it in work environments. Participants of Higher Education Institutions such as the University of Botswana (UB), Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST) and Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA) appreciated what others are doing in the field of climate change and that they would be motivated to find ways to include CCD in their teaching, learning, research and community engagement.
To a large extent, the overall objectives of the workshop were achieved as the participants commended the consultation initiative. They appreciated CCD concept and the trans-disciplinary approach to research. The workshop participants suggested a number of key priorities where the Government in particular has to create a conducive research environment through the establishment of a national research foundation and political commitment to research input in development. It was also suggested that institutions of higher education such as UB should review its research incentives arrangements to encourage trans-disciplinary studies and community engagement.