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Professor Demel Teketay Fanta


Professor Demel Teketay Fanta


Faculty of Natural Resources
Department of Range and Forest Resources (RFR)

Private Bag 0027 Gaborone

Professor, Forest Sciences

Dean, Faculty of Natural Resources

Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN)

Faculty of Natural Resources

Department of Range and Forest Resources (RFR)

Private Bag 0027, Gaborone, Botswana

Tel.: +267-3650140 (office) 

Fax: +267-3928753; E-mail:,


Skype: dteketay


Academic Qualifications

  • PhD in Forest Vegetation Ecology (1996), Sweden.
  • MSc in Plant Taxonomy (1986), United Kingdom
  • BSc in Agriculture (Plant Sciences) (1982), Ethiopia.

Work Experiences

  • Currently serving as a Professor in Forest Sciences and founding Dean of the Faculty of Natural Resources in the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) based in Gaborone, Botswana.
  • Executive Manager of the African Eco-Labelling Mechanism (AEM) based in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Research Scholar and Associate Professor in Forest Vegetation Ecology, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, based in Maun, Botswana.
  • African Regional Director of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) - African Regional Office (FSC-Africa) based in both Kumasi and Accra, Ghana.
  • Director of Forestry Research in and Director General of the Ethiopian National Agricultural System based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Served as Extension Agent, Graduate Assistant, Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer and Assistant Professor in Ethiopia.


Fellowship in Academies

  • Fellow, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).
  • International Fellow, Forestry Unit, Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA).
  • Associate Fellow, Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.
  • Fellow, African Academy of Sciences (AAS).
  • Fellow, Botswana Academy of Science.

Professional Societies

  • African Forest Forum (AFF) – Chairperson of Members’ Forum.
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Kalahari Conservation Society (KCS)


  • Ecology of Forests and Rangelands
  • Forest and Range Botany/Dendrology
  • Agroforestry
  • Forest Seed Technology
  • Forest Management and Certification
  • General Ecology


  • Pathways of restoration of the degraded Kazuma Forest Reserve in northern Botswana - 2018 to 2021 (P872,396.00) – Originator and Principal Investigator (completed in 2021).
  • Livelihood diversifying potential of camel based food security and climate-smart sustainable development in Botswana (P626572.00) – Co-Originator and Co-Investigator.
  • National Survey of Diversity, Importance, Host-Specificity and Negative Impacts of Mistletoes in Botswana – Originator and Co-Investigator