Supporting the Okavango Delta management plan

Helping Botswana protect the Okavango Delta wetland system

The Okavango Delta covers about 6,000 km² of a permanently flooded swamp with shallow water depths and extensive surface vegetation. The dynamic flow, flood and wetland extents within the delta form the basis for the ecosystem and economic value of its wildlife and tourism. The provisions of the Wetlands Policy, in conjunction with the obligations under the Ramsar Convention required the Botswana government to develop an integrated management plan of the delta. Known as the Okavango Delta Management Plan (ODMP), the project needed a thorough understanding of the wetland hydrology. We developed a comprehensive integrated model complex based on MIKE Powered by DHI’s software components. Our hydrological model, combined with our consultation services, provided results which were successfully applied to the ODMP.