Dr Lapologang Magole is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Botswana and a Regional Development Planner by profession. She received her PhD in Development Studies (Environmental Policy Analysis) at the University of East Anglia, UK in 2003. She works on natural resources governance in general and common property resources management in particular. Dr Magole is an environmental policy analyst and policy planning process facilitator. She has vast experience in stakeholder participation management for development planning, meeting facilitation (mediation, negotiation, conflict resolution and empowerment), project management and strategic planning. She is also an experienced trainer in participatory planning and learning methods for natural resources management, IWRM, environmental impact assessment (EIA) and strategic environmental analysis (SEA). Through her research and application (development work) she has interacted with resource users at grass roots level, donors, policy makers and implementers and has come to appreciate multiple interests and aims with regard to natural resource management and use.