Rehabilitation of Mbiroba Camp liquid waste facility to reduce pollution of the Okavango River Basin
Rehabilitation of Mbiroba Camp liquid waste facility to reduce pollution of the Okavango River Basin
The project proposal seeks to rehabilitate the Mbiroba Camp waste management facility in order to address the pollution problems created by the liquid waste produced within the camp. This proposal is aligned to the international waters focal area on avoiding land based pollution. The Mbiroba Camp is located in the village of Seronga on the banks of the Okavango Delta (Okavango Delta panhandle). Mbiroba Camp is a lodge that is owned by the polers of the communities of Seronga and Mbiroba villages. The communities have together formed a community based organization known as the Okavango Polers Trust.

Mbiroba Camp currently disposes its liquid waste from the ablution block through the use of the artificial wetland that was constructed in 2009. However the wetland is inundated with excessive water during the flooding season resulting in it being unable to polish the liquid waste. Waste water from the kitchen is also not separated from the oils/greases due to the lack of a grease trap within the system.

Through this project, the wetland will be rehabilitated by lining it with a membrane and raising the wall therefore preventing seepage, back flow and flooding. A grease trap will also be installed so as to be able to separate grease/oils from the kitchen waste water.
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Project Snapshot

Okavango Polers Trust
Area Of Work:
International Waters
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 19,100.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 7,500.00
Project Number:
Project activities completed, final reports pending
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
Project planning and design The Okavango Polers Trust has been hugely engaged in the development of this project proposal since it became evident that the waste water facility was failing. The failure of the facility had an impact on the number of tourists who now visited the lodge since the stench of the liquid waste was becoming unbearable. The reduction in the number of visitors meant reduction of the amount of money that members could make from their ecotourism activities. With this problem now affecting all individual members there has been several meetings at which possible scenarios were looked into in order to find the funds needed to undertake the needed rehabilitation. After the meetings a draft proposal was made and presented to all the members of the trust and they gave their blessing for the proposal to be finalized and submitted to the SGP. It was also agreed at these meetings on the type of co-financing activities that the members will carry out to be able to successfully execute the project. Project Implementation The Okavango Polers Trust will be engaged throughout the implementation of the project through delegation of activities at various stages of the project. The Manager of the camp and the Board Chairperson will be involved in the day to day management of the project from construction until completion. They would also organize the labour from the OPT members in the event that there is need for casual labour. The OPT will also erect a fence using reeds around the wetland at their own cost as part of their input into the project. The Trust will also ensure that they provide a full time member who will undergo training on the maintenance of the waste water system. The staff member will be responsible for the cleaning the grease trap, unblocking of the system, weeding of the wetland as well as any general maintenance related to the system. Project Monitoring and evaluation The project monitoring and evaluation will be spearheaded by the Chairperson of the Board to ensure that all the activities are carried out as per the proposal and also to ensure that once the system is functional all the evaluation activities are carried out. The Chairperson will keep the community in the loop through quarterly updates and delegate any activity that might arise from the monitoring and evaluation exercise
Gender Focus
The project shall take into account that members of the community involved in this project have an improved access to quality skills training for gainful employment and entrepreneurial development on both women and men employed on the camp. The design of the project demonstrates the commitment for promoting gender equality and empowerment of women mostly and the successful implementation of the women targeted interventions to improve women's marketable skills and entrepreneurship needs which shall build success cases for future replication of similar projects elsewhere in the village

Grantee Contact

Mr Sareqho Sakega
Phone: +2676876861


P O Box 24
Seronga , North West ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Abigail Engleton
+267 363-3767
Mr Baboloki Autlwetse


UN Building, Government Enclave Corner Khama Crescent & President Drive P O Box 54
Gaborone, SADC