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Biodiversity of the Okavango Delta, Botswana

ECRC Darwin project provides first quantification of the impact of hydroperiod on aquatic biodiversity in the Okavango Delta

Biodiversity of the Okavango Delta, Botswana

A final meeting of the Darwin-funded project took place on 15th April in Maun, Botswana, when Anson Mackay, Tom Davidson and Richard Mazebedi presented results from their study of the Okavango Delta. They showed that several hydrological and chemical variables, including hydroperiod, are significant in determining the diversity of three important groups of aquatic organisms in the Delta: diatoms, aquatic macrophytes and macroinvertebrates. Co-principal investigator, Dr Piotr Wolski from the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre, also presented model results on regional hydrology and climate variability.

Martin Todd, from UCL Geography, also participated, leading a course on Climate Variability, which was well attended by staff from several government departments and others engaged in biodiversity research on the Delta.

 

 

Contact Anson Mackay for further information.


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