Weather data
A large number of automatic weather stations has been implemented in the frame of the BIOTA AFRICA project by the Namibian National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and the Group "Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology" (BEE) of the University of Hamburg. The website offers hourly updates of data and graphs of a large number of weather parameters.


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From February 4 to 10, Dr Annette Schavan shall travel to South Africa and Namibia to inform herself of the current status and future perspectives of German-African research projects. Dr Schavan and her delegation shall also visit the joint project BIOTA AFRICA.


 9 February 2008  On the 9th of February 2008, the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, Dr Annette Schavan, and her German delegation paid a visit to the BIOTA Biodiversity Observatories on the Farms Narais and Duruchaus near Rehoboth / Namibia. BIOTA researchers and local stakeholders discussed the research aims and main results of BIOTA with the Federal Minister and the delegation.

 6 February 2008  On the occasion of the visit of the German Federal Minister Dr Annette Schavan in South Africa, on the 6th February 2008 a German delegation visited the BIOTA project at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in Kirstenbosch / Cape Town. Dr John Donaldson, SANBI Chief Director: Conservation Science and Chair of the South African BIOTA team, informed the delegates about the research strategies at SANBI, Prof Norbert Jürgens, Chair of BIOTA AFRICA, gave an introduction to BIOTA AFRICA project and Ms Tessa Oliver, BIOTA Liaison Officer in Cape Town, gave a presentation about the BIOTA capacity development programme in BIOTA.


Weblinks:

  1. AZ online, Namibia, 1 February 2008

  2. BMBF homepage (Cooperation with South Africa)

  3. BMBF - Press release (018/2008), 5 February 2008

  4. REGIERUNGonline, 6 February 2008

  5. AZ online, Namibia, 8 February 2008

  6. AZ online, Namibia, 11 February 2008

  7. the namibian: "German minister meets Iyambo", 12 February 2008

  8. Hamburger Abendblatt: "BIOTA soll die Natur retten", 14 February 2008

  9. Hamburger Abendblatt: "Leben wie auf einem anderen Planeten", 14 February 2008
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  10. AZ online, Namibia: "Hilfe aus Deutschland ermöglicht Schub
    für Wüstenforschung", 19 February 2008

 9 February 2008 

Federal Minister Dr Annette Schavan informs herself on site about the research activities of BIOTA AFRICA.
Federal Minister Dr Annette Schavan informs herself on site about the research activities of BIOTA AFRICA.

Professor Norbert Jürgens, Chair of BIOTA AFRICA, introduces to the Federal Minister, Dr Annette Schavan, and her delegation the research activities on the BIOTA Observatories.
Professor Norbert Jürgens, Chair of BIOTA AFRICA, introduces to the Federal Minister, Dr Annette Schavan, and her delegation the research activities on the BIOTA Observatories.

Federal Minister Schavan talking with Norbert Jürgens and Gerhard Olivier, owner of the farm Duruchaus.
Federal Minister Schavan talking with Norbert Jürgens and Gerhard Olivier, owner of the farm Duruchaus.

Joh Henschel talks about the ecological importance of termites.
Joh Henschel talks about the ecological importance of termites.

BIOTA/Dirk Wesuls

 6 February 2008 

Members of the German delegation during the presentations.
Members of the German delegation during the presentations.

Dr John Donaldson was leading the discussion during the informative meeting.
Dr John Donaldson was leading the discussion during the informative meeting.

Renate Vogelsang of the German Embassy in Pretoria and Tessa Oliver, BIOTA Liaison Officer in Cape Town, during the informative meeting.
Renate Vogelsang of the German Embassy in Pretoria and Tessa Oliver, BIOTA Liaison Officer in Cape Town, during the informative meeting.

Prof Norbert Jürgens during the discussion.
Prof Norbert Jürgens during the discussion.

SANBI/Ingrid Nanni