Okavango facts

The length of the Okavango from its source in the Angola highlands to the mouth at the outer margin of the Delta in Botswana is 1,100 kilometres.

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University of Botswana Okavango Research Institute (ORI)

A research institute of the University of Botswana, ORI is a centre for the study and conservation of one of the world's largest and most intact inland wetland ecosystems -the Okavango Delta- as well as other southern African wetlands, riverbasins, watersheds and surrounding drylands.

Research and Collaboration with ORI

University of Botswana's Okavango Research Institute

OKACOM has had a longstanding relationship with the University of Botswana's Okavango Research Institute (HOORC until 2010). The Commission was consulted when the University was considering expanding its Ngamiland research station to a research centre to monitor and study conditions in the Okavango Delta following cancellation of the Government of Botswana's plans for extracting water in the late 1990s.

HOORC academic staff participated in the research for both OKACOM Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis studies in 1998 and 2009. ORI's Library and GIS Laboratory have functioned as repositories for this work.

In February 2010 OKACOM participated in the International Flood Pulsed Wetlands Symposium organized by HOORC in Maun, Botswana. OKACOM sponsored a panel discussion, Trans-boundary River Basin Management in a Flood Pulsing System, that brought Commissioners and OBSC members together with academic wetlands specialists from around the world to discuss research from a policy perspective. OKACOM also produced daily videos of the sessions and interviews with participants.  See the videos .

In June 2011 OKACOM held its first Science for the River Seminar Series event in Maun in partnership with ORI and Wilderness Safaris. Professor Terence McCarthy of the University of the Witwatersrand presented his lecture, The Okavango Delta and its Place in the Evolution of the Southern African Landscape.

ORI is a major research partner in The Future Okavango : Scientific Support for Sustainable Land and Resource Management project, carried out by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) through the University of Hamburg.

An updated list of publications from the Okavango Research Institute is available through this link: http://www.orc.ub.bw/publications.html



Contact details:

Professor Susan Ringrose, Director,
Okavango Research Institute
P.O. Box 255, Maun, Botswana
Tel: +267 686 1833
Email: sringrose@orc.ub.bw

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