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Professor Wame L. Hambira


Professor Wame L. Hambira

Associate Professor

Faculty of Natural Resources
Department of Land and Atmospheric Resources (LAR)

Private Bag 0027 Gaborone
+267 3650100

Prof Wame Lucretia Hambira is an Associate Professor of Environmental Management at the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the Department of Land and Atmospheric Resources. Her duties include teaching, research and external service in the area of environmental management. This includes identifying potential response trajectories that inform policy in line with the global sustainability agenda and the green economy. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Oulu, Finland and an MSc in Environmental Economics from the University of York (UK).

Prior to working at BUAN, Prof Hambira worked as a Senior Research Scholar in Climate Change Adaptation at the Okavango Research Institute (ORI) of the University of Botswana based in Maun from 2015-2022. In this position, her main research agenda entailed: the understanding of social resilience in the Okavango basin, assessing effects of climate change on livelihoods and economy across the Okavango basin and in southern Africa, as well as identifying potential response trajectories to climate change in basin livelihoods and industry.

She previously worked as a Government Liaison and Environmental Policy Manager with Conservation International (CI) where she served as a link between CI and Government of Botswana on matters related to the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa (GDSA) from 2013-2015. Her key performance areas then were centred on policy aspects of climate change, green economies, natural capital accounting, REDD+, Payment for Ecosystem Services, CBNRM and sustainable agriculture. Hence her portfolio entailed analysing national and sub-regional policy frameworks to identify gaps in the aforementioned areas.

Prof Hambira has also worked for the Department of Environmental Science, (University of Botswana) from 2004 to 2013 where she traversed through the ranks of Lecturer to Senior Lecturer owing to her research and publications. The key performance areas included teaching and research in aspects of sustainable development, natural resources use policy (including natural capital accounting), environmental/natural resources economics and some sub-disciplines of Human Geography.

She started her career in the public service at the Department of Environmental Affairs (then called the National Conservation Coordinating Agency) from 2000-2004. Her main duties involved among others the review of Environmental Impact Assessment reports and participation in inter-ministerial committees to ensure the incorporation of environmental management issues in policy making and development projects implementation.  


Prof Hambira is experienced in the following teaching fields at both under graduate and post-graduate levels:

  1. Environmental Management (Including Environmental Assessment)
  2. Human Geography (including Industrialisation, Transport Geography and Population Geography)
  3. Environment and Development
  4. Environment/Natural Resource Economics   


Prof Hambira’s research work is in the the area of environmental management with particular interest in global environment change and how it affects livelihoods and the economy particularly in the tourism, water and agricultural sectors. She has supervised and graduated six postgraduate students and currently supervising five. She has served as an external examiner for The University of Cape Town (South Africa)   


  1. Environmentally sound water management for Sustainable Agricultural Practices in South Africa and Botswana: an international collaboration between Africa and Japan. A project funded by the Department of Research Science & Technology under the 2021 Africa-Japan Collaborative Research (“AJ-CORE”) on Environmental Science to the tune of P1000,000.00. BUAN is the Leading Scientific Partner to UB.
  2. Analysing the resilience of tourism-dependent communities to climate change in the Okavango Delta, Botswana (Principal Investigator (PI), funded by Office of Research & Development, UB to the tune of P218,244.00)
  3. Flooding impact and community response: a case of Gweta and Zoroga villages (co PI, funded by Office of Research & Development, UB, to the tune of P247.095.35)
  4. Group solidarity, social capital and indigenous approaches to fund mobilisation: how rural women sustain their livelihoods in the Okavango Delta, Botswana (co PI funded by Office of Research & Development, UB to the tune of P245, 496.09)