Four herbaria and one botanical garden in Botswana are linked by SABONET-Botswana. Three of the herbaria are situated in Gaborone, namely the National Herbarium (of Botswana) (GAB), the University of Botswana Herbarium (UCBG), and the Sebele Agricultural Herbarium (MAH). The fourth herbarium is the Peter Smith Herbarium (PSUB), which is attached to the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre (HOORC) in Maun, close to the Okavango swamps. The recently established National Botanical Garden in Gaborone is also supported by SABONET. The herbarium collections of two of the four herbaria are currently being computerised using the PRECIS database (PRECIS = National Herbarium Pretoria (PRE), Computerised Information System), which has been provided by the National Botanical Institute of South Africa (NBI, now SANBI) under the auspices of SABONET. National collection trips to expand the herbarium collections are also being undertaken.
SABONET-Botswana hosted the fifth SABONET Steering Committee meeting in May 1998, and assisted the HOORC in hosting the Aquatic Plants Training Course held in Moremi Game Reserve in April 1998. There is now active information sharing between the four herbaria and the botanical garden through a functioning National Working Group as well as a Herbarium Working Group. An informal collection policy among the herbaria has also been agreed upon. Two persons were responsible for guiding SABONET-Botswana. They are Dr Moffat Setshogo and Mr Nonofo Mosesane.
Botswana National Botanical Garden