Chapter 21. Evolution of River Basin Management in the Okavango System, Southern Africa

  1. Robert C. Ferrier2 and
  2. Alan Jenkins3
  1. Piotr Wolski,
  2. Lars Ramberg,
  3. Lapo Magole and
  4. Dominic Mazvimavi

Published Online: 28 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307672.ch21

Handbook of Catchment Management

Handbook of Catchment Management

How to Cite

Wolski, P., Ramberg, L., Magole, L. and Mazvimavi, D. (2009) Evolution of River Basin Management in the Okavango System, Southern Africa, in Handbook of Catchment Management (eds R. C. Ferrier and A. Jenkins), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307672.ch21

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The Macaulay Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen AB15 8QH, UK

  2. 3

    Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Maclean Building, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8BB, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Botswana, Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre, Private Bag 285, Maun, Botswana

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 NOV 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405171229

Online ISBN: 9781444307672



  • river basin management evolution in Okavango system, southern Africa;
  • Okavango River basin - world's magnificent wetlands, Okavango Delta;
  • flooding in Delta by seasonal flood pulse from Okavango River;
  • Okavango Delta Management Plan (ODMP);
  • Okavango basin - savannah woodlands with deciduous species in south;
  • biodiversity in Okavango Delta;
  • river channel abandonment;
  • Southern Okavango Integrated Water Development Project (SOIWDP);
  • economic development potential;
  • Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Geography, Hydrology and Biology

  • Historical Use and Management of the System

  • Current Situation in the Basin

  • The Okavango Delta Management Plan

  • Management Framework at the International Level – OKACOM

  • Conclusions

  • References