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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. *********************************************************************************************

The Eco‐tourism of Cultural Heritage Management (ECT‐CHM): Linking Heritage and ‘Environment’ in the Okavango Delta Regions of Botswana

Abstract The principles of eco‐tourism allude to the importance of socio‐cultural and psycho‐social aspects in natural resources management. However, approaches to natural resources management are more often addressed in isolation from cultural and heritage resources. For Botswana, this loophole is … Continue reading

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CONFERENCE: Participatory governance in Culture

“Participatory Governance in Culture: Exploring Practices, Theories and Policies.DO IT TOGETHER” 22nd – 24th November 2017, Rijeka, Croatia MORE INFORMATION ON LINK BELOW: http://conference.participatory-governance-in-culture.net/ Organised by Kultura Nova Foundation, in partnership with Rijeka 2020 LLC and in collaboration with the … Continue reading

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AFRICAN HERITAGE DAY: REFLECTIONS TOWARDS THE FUTURE

Today, 05th May, is African world heritage day. This is as observed by international organisations such as UNESCO (refer http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1364/). As we celebrate this day the main question that may come to many is what is African world heritage? How does it … Continue reading

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**CONFERENCE** Sub-Saharan Africa and International Trade Routes

In 2011 ICAHM began an Africa Initiative “The Potential Role of the World Heritage Convention, ICOMOS, and ICAHM in African Archaeological Site Preservation and Economic Development” geared towards identifying sites with potentials to be included in the World Heritage List … Continue reading

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***C O N F E R E N C E*** Development and Best Practices of (Archaeological) Heritage Management As a Course

CONFERENCE: Development and Best Practices of (Archaeological) Heritage Management As a Course REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!  Please go to the registration page for more information. The University of Helsinki, Friends of ICAHM, Museum Centre Vapriikki, Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum and Newcastle University … Continue reading

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African Cultural Heritage Resources as a Needle in ‘Environment’ Haystack: Changing Perceptions and Re-thinking African Environmental Conservation

The word ‘Conservation’ in African landscapes is a popular term. However, the word ‘conservation’ is rarely associated with cultural heritage resources present in these geographical spaces. Why? Because most of southern African protected landscapes conservation strategies are perceived through the … Continue reading

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African wetlands and cultural heritage: Enhancing conservation and diversifying participation

February 02nd was annual World Wetlands Day, carrying a theme of “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction“. A number of issues come to mind when thinking of risks to wetlands, with the most common being climate change.  However, just as much … Continue reading

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