wp-1461491690466.jpgWe have just come out of world earth day and everyone is talking about preserving the environment. But no one is talking about preserving the intangible connection to the physical environment by humans who have potential to destroy the earth we love so much.

Humans are affectionate species on ear
th. But they are also the most creative and experimental.
Thus they choose and implement what gets done on earth – be it positive or negative. They multiply.
All these being potential red flags to earth’s destruction. Hence we should focus on their needs to preserve the earth. We should be worrying about making human creativity and experiments compatible with earth preservation.


To achieve this we need worry about observing what and why do humans carry forward certain behaviors in environment but not others? That is, what do they choose to inherit (heritage)  and why?
How can we influence human inheritance choices that save mother earth?
By so focusing we will realize that those strategies that make humans affectionate towards earth components need to be nurtured than killed. Management of earth should therefore encourage strategies that give ordinary humans like this surrounding African wilderness and wildlife reserves the reason  to protect the earth- WILLINGLY. The common protected area model is practical at a certain level but it disconnects resident humans from their affection with certain portions of earth, by so doing making them indifferent to those portions of earth.

By identifying and isolating and fully recognizing cultural heritage aspects of nature reserves in Africa. By bringing
back the connection in real time interaction and interpretation.

For more on HOW read my book outlined in earlier post on cultural heritage conservation and management theory and practice in Africa.



Dr Susan O. Keitumetse competed for and won two separate Commonwealth scholarships both to University of Cambridge, UK , where she pursued MPhil (Archaeological Heritage Management and Museums) and later on PhD (African cultural heritage and Sustainable Development). Before she had obtained a BA degree (Archaeology and Environmental Sciences) and Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Geography and History) from the University of Botswana. During her post-graduate studies, she combined both environmental science and archaeology disciplines to venture into the broader cultural and heritage management studies with a particular focus on sustainable development and cultural heritage management at the department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. With a view to catalyze a linkage between environment and cultural heritage in Africa, Dr Keitumetse conducted various researches and published works that illustrate the relevance of cultural and heritage resources for the broader environmental conservation. She works at the University of Botswana’s Okavango Research Institute as a researcher in cultural heritage and tourism where she undertakes applied research in areas such as the Okavango inland Delta World Heritage Site and Kalahari areas. Of particular note is her developing conservation model of Community-Based Cultural Heritage Resources Management (COBACHREM) to guide local communities and practitioners’ initiatives towards sustainable use of cultural heritage resources for social development. Dr Keitumetse is an associate editor of the journal Environment, Development, and Sustainability published by Springer. She also sits in the editorial board of the international journal of community archaeology and heritage, published by Taylor and Francis, as well as the International Journal of Heritage and Sustainable Development published by Green Lines Institute, Portugal. Dr Keitumetse has both national and international experience from across the world. She has won academic grants for research fellowships in international institutions that include; the Rockefeller Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA; the Watson Scholar Fellowship at Brown University in Rhode Island, USA and the Wenner-Gren Foundation research grant for research on ‘historical archaeology of marginal landscapes of eastern Botswana’. Outside academia and in international development Dr Keitumetse has worked and continues to work with institutions such as UNESCO as an expert advisor, examiner, facilitator, and consultant within the intangible cultural heritage section. She has corporate governance experience from African government parastatal institution dealing with environment, heritage, tourism and land use planning. These are derived from her tenure as a board director of Botswana Tourism Organisation for six years, where she also chaired a quality assurance committee of the board dealing with grading and certifying tourism accommodation. Her overall research interests are in the areas of sustainable development and cultural heritage conservation; historical archaeology; community heritage management; communal cultural identities; heritage tourism; heritage and protected areas; international management of cultural heritage; amongst others. Dr Susan Keitumetse has published extensively in the field of cultural heritage conservation and management in Africa, Her works comprise of peer-reviewed articles in international journals; peer-reviewed book chapters; refereed conference proceedings; and technical reports in international periodicals, magazines and newspapers. These can be accessed through search engines such as Google Scholar and LinkedIn. *********************************************************************************************
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