The Okavango Research Institute (ORI) is an Institute 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, river basins, watersheds and surrounding dry lands. The research institute was founded in response of plans to use the Okavango for a large scale water supply programme.
ORI is situated near Maun, Botswana on the fringe of the Okavango. Multi-disciplinary in approach, the Institute initiates research and environmental monitoring and develops educational strategies to promote sustainable environmental management in the Okavango, Kgalagadi and SADC regions. ORI is the first institute of the University of Botswana. Employing 33 academic staff and 45 support staff, ORI has over 50 research and development projects in progress in a wide range of scientific fields, many in collaboration with international partners. ORI has a Library, a Herbarium and Laboratories for Biology, Chemistry and Geographic Information Systems (which hosts the Okavango Delta Information System, a geospatial data repository covering the Okavango Delta and Basin. The Institute also has a Tented Camp for visiting students and researchers.