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Proceedings of a Conference in Maun, Botswana, December 4-8, 2002
Environmental monitoring of tropical and subtropical wetlands
Monday 14 June 2004, by Web Team

The idea of an international wetlands conference at the edge of the Okavango Delta took shape about three years ago. It sparked enough interest among potential participants, collaborators, and donors to stay alive through a long period of gestation. Rather than proposing a general conference, the plan was to focus specifically on environmental monitoring of wetlands in the warm latitudes of the planet, a realm of knowledge inadequately synthesized, yet critically important for informed decisions leading to better management and policies for these critical and highly threatened habitats.

From there, many questions arose: Was this theme sufficiently cross-cutting to attract wetland scientists from around the world? Would a conference in such a remote locale have an international presence? Could the small and remote "village" of Maun host such a conference? Could it yield tangible outcomes, not only in research results but also in promoting further collaboration between wetland researchers and the places at which they are based? None of these questions could be definitively answered until funding was secured. Once this happened, proposals for sessions, roundtable discussions, and papers and posters began to arrive from all corners of the globe and three very distinguished wetland scientists agreed to give keynote talks. It then was clear that we had given birth to an idea worthy of a good conference.


Table of contents

Roundtable Discussions

- Databases and data management
- Sampling, tools, methods, and models
- S. E.A. Kabiaja : Challenges in the collection, compilation, and analysis of statistics on water resources in Botswana
- Linking landscapes and wetlands : Human utilization, absorption of human activities, tourism, and ecotourism

Papers

SESSION 1 MONITORING HYDROLOGICAL CHANGE

- P. Bauer, T. Gumbricht and W. Kinzelbach A spatially distributed hydrological model for the Okavango Delta
- S. Ntakumba and K. M. Rowntree The hydro-geomorphology of the Featherstone Kloof wetland, South Africa
- P. Huntsman-Mapila, S. Ringrose, A. Jellema, W. Matheson, and T.Kemosedile Environmental Responses to Drying Processes in the Okavango Delta
- P. Wolski, T. Gumbricht, and T. S. McCarthy Assessing future change in the Okavango Delta: The use of a regression model of the maximum annual flood in a Monte Carlo simulation
- S. Ringrose, P. Huntsman-Mapila, A.R. Kampunza, W. Matheson, D. Downey, and B. Vink
Geomorphological evidence for MOZpalaeo wetlands in northernBotswana: Implications for wetland change
- DISCUSSION FOLLOWING SESSION 1

SESSION 2 INTEGRATED MONITORING AND POLICY

- P. Barnard, K. Roberts, R. Simmons, M.Seely, L. Nakanuku, H.Kolberg and C. Hay
An integrated framework for wetland health monitoring in Dryland Namibia.
- M.B.M Sekhwela
Perspectives on the management and conservation of a multiple use wetland: The Okavango Delta
- T. Gumbricht and J. McCarthy
Hierarchical patterns and processes forming the Okavango wetland: An integrated perspective for policy and management
- M.T. Brown
Monitoring wetland ecosystem health using bio-indicators
- DISCUSSION FOLLOWING SESSION 2

SESSION 3 MONITORING WILDLIFE AND BIRD POPULATIONS

- R. Beilfuss, C. Bento, P.Hancock, A. B. Kamweneshe, K. McCann, K. Morrison and L. Rodwell
Water, wetlands and Wattled Cranes: Regional Monitoring and Conservation Programme for Southern Africa
- I. Heitkonig, S. Ringrose, G. Epema, C. Bonyongo, E. Veenendaal, A. Stein, A. Breeuwer, M van Hasselt, E. Klop, J. van Goethem and M. Slot
Watching Wildlife from Space
- M.C. Bonyongo, I. Heitkonig, and S. Harris
Spatio-temporal habitat selection by large herbivores in the Okavango Delta
- S. Ross, C. Winterbach, H. Winterbach, R. Kamnitzer, and J.A.P Applecrin
Lion monitoring in the Okavango Delta
- DISCUSSION FOLLOWING SESSION 3

SESSION 4 MONITORING CHANGES IN PLANT DISTRIBUTION, STRUCTURE, BIOMASS, AND PRODUCTIVITY

- J. Sliva, J. Herman, and B. Tacheba
Monitoring floristic diversity in subtropical and tropical wetlands: Problems, limits, and future prospects
- I. Zimmerman
Degradation gradient as a basis for monitoring the ephemeral Omatako floodplains of Central Namibia
- H. Masundire
Opportunities and challenges of applying the ecosystem approach to wetlands conservation in southern Africa
- DISCUSSION FOLLOWING SESSION 4

SESSION 5 MONITORING SOCIO-ECONOMIC SYSTEMS (1)

- K.M. Lewanika
The traditional socio-economic systems for monitoring wetlands and wetland natural resource utilization and conservation: The case of Barotseland, Zambia
- H. Bendsen and T. Meyer
The dynamics of the land use system in Ngamiland, Botswana: Changing livelihood options and strategies
- E. Taylor and T. O’Riordan
The importance of public participation through community involvement in experimental monitoring: Case studies from Namibia and the UK
- J. Mbaiwa, T. Bernard, and C. Orford
Limits of acceptable change for tourism in the Okavango Delta

DISCUSSION FOLLOWING SESSION 5

SESSION 6 MONITORING FISHERIES/AQUATIC AND TERRESTRIAL INVERTEBRATES

- C.J. Hay, T.S. Naesje, O.T. Sandlund, E. B. Thorstead, J. Kolding, and B.V. Zyl
Exploitation and management of the fish resources in the Okavango River, Namibia
- K. Mosepele and J. Kolding
Fish stock assessment in the Okavango Delta: Preliminary results from a length-based analysis
- K. Mosepele, T. Mmopelwa, and B. Mosepele
Characterization and monitoring of the Okavango Delta artisinal fishery
- R. Palmer
Classification and ecological status of aquatic ecosystems in the eastern Caprivi, Namibia
- DISCUSSION FOLLOWING SESSION 6

SESSION 7 MONITORING NUTRIENTS, PESTICIDES, AND POLLUTION

- T. Mubyana, J.E. Gannon, E. Acquah and M.C. Bonyongo
Variations in soil organic matter and alkaline phosphatase activity as influenced by flood cycles of the Okavango Delta.
- G. Naidoo and D. Chirkoot
Coal dust pollution effects on selected wetland tree species in Richards Bay, South Africa
- C.J. von der Heyden and M.G.
New Natural wetlands for mine effluent remediation? The case of the Copperbelt in Zambia
- DISCUSSION FOLLOWING SESSION 7

SESSION 8 MONITORING SOCIO-ECONOMIC SYSTEMS (2)

- D. Kgathi, G. Mmopelwa, and K. Mosepele
Natural resource scarcity in the Okavango Delta: Suggestions for policy and research
- E. Munzhedzi, P.L. Grundling, and M. Mugonda
Wetland Restoration: Monitoring the socio-economic impacts and benefits on both wetland and community
- J. Mbaiwa
The socio-economic sustainability of tourism development in the Okavango Delta
- R. Jansen
How integral is wetland monitoring to integrated wetland management? The case of the Okavango Delta Management Plan
- DISCUSSION FOLLOWING SESSION 8

POSTER ABSTRACTS

- M. Mumba
Vegetation and hydrological changes of the Kafue Flats, Zambia associated with the construction of the Itezhip-tezhi and Kofue Gorge Dams
- K. Omari, T. Mubyana, M. Matsheka, M.C. Bonyogo and E. Veenendaal
Azospirillum and other Diazotrophs associated with grasses of the Okavango Delta
- A. J. Leslie and A.V. Styrdom
Ecology, physiology, and conservation of the Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) in Lake St. Lucia, South Africa and the Okavango Delta
- P. Wohland, K.B. Mantlana, A. Arneth, E.M. Veenendaal, J. Lloyd, O. Kolle, P. Wolski, S. Ringrose, F. Berendse, and M. Schwartz
Net ecosystem carbon dioxide exchange in a seasonal floodplain in the Okavango Delta
- T. Mubyana, G. Nkweyakgosi and B. Riddoch
Microbial succession and dynamics as influenced by rainfall in the temporal rock pools of Kgale Hill siding, Botswana
- M. Thompson, J. Muller, and J. Dini
Mapping small wetlands from space
- S. L. Cundill
Mapping the Niger Delta for cellular communication planning
- L. Moolman, R. Greenfield, and J.H.J. van Vuren
Active biomonitoring: What, where, when, why?
- K. McCann
Using Wattled Cranes as indicators of the hydrological functioning of, and threats to palustrine wetlands in South Africa
- N. Mladenov, D. McKnight, and D. McKnight
Organic matter sources and transport in the Okavango Delta
- P. Hancock
Monitoring Wattled Crane numbers and breeding in the Okavango Delta
- J. Ramontsho
Developing a community-based system to monitor long-term changes of Cymbopogon excavatus and Phragmites australis in the Okavango Delta
- C. Nunes da Chunha
The woody vegetation of the termite savanna of the Pantanal wetlands, Brazil
- B.Q. Mosepele
Rapid assessment survey in the Okavango Delta system

- N. Mladenov, J. Gardner, G. Mmoplwa and M. Lehmensiek
Economic valuation of the Okavango Delta elicited from non-use values of the tourism sector
- A Gyllenhammar and T. Gumbricht
Semi-distributed modeling of the water balance of the Okavango Delta
- A. Shaw, A.S. Goudie, B.F. Spiro, T.B. Babusi, L. Zambo, and C.J. von der Heyden
Surface and groundwater evolution over an annual cycle in the Okavango Delta
- P.S. Daka, V. Obuseng, V. Obuseng, N. Torto, and P. Huntsman-Mapila
A study of Deltamethrin in sediments from the Okavango Delta
- P. Huntsman-Mapila, P. Wolski, and J. Cox
Transport and accumulation of the synthetic pyrethroid Deltamethrin in different habitats within the Okavango Delta
- P. Wolski, I. Mosie, and B. Mogojwa
Monitoring surface-groundwater interactions in the Okavango Delta
- L. Raditsebe, P., Wolski, B.S. Majatsie, and B.F. Lynn
Monitoring discharges in channel-floodplain flowsystems in the Okavango Delta
- K.M. Sethebe, M. Letshwenyo, and P. Huntsman-Mapila
Seasonal variations in water quality in the Okavango Delta
- D. Harper and K. Mavuti
How do 30 years of research guide a monitoring system for wetland ecosystem health? Lake Naivasha, Kenya as an example
- J.K. Kanyanga
Application of remote sensing and geographic information systems in environmental impact assessments: A case study of the Witbank Dam area of Middleburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa
- J. McCarthy, T. Gumbricht, T. S. McCarthy, and P. Frost
Fluctuations of inundated areas in the Okavango Delta as captured from satellite images and space Shuttle photography for the period 1962-2000
- C. Vander Post
Makgadikgadi wetland site survey: Selected maps
- M. Lehmensiek, M. Murray Hudson, and T. Meyer
Using environmental accounting to evaluate tourism operations in the Okavango Delta: An emergy synthesis
- B. Mosepele and K. Mosepele Determination of the possible existence of more than one population of three cichlids in the Okavango Delta

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