The SADC Groundwater Management Institute participated in the 17th WaterNet Symposium held from 26 to 28 October at the Gaborone International Conference Centre.The symposium was collectively organised by WaterNet, WARFSA and GWP-SA and embraced the concept of integrated water resource management. Water security, sustainability and development in eastern and southern Africa were issues of focus.
James Sauramba of the SADC-GMI presented the first plenary paper at the symposium. The paper, co-authored by Dr Roger Parsons and Eelco Lukas, was well received.It described the rationale behind the Sustainable groundwater management in SADC member states project and the SADC-GMI. The initiative is to contribute to an improvement in our understanding of different components of the hydro-logical cycle and the spatial and temporal distribution of water in Southern Africa-particularly where there is a fragmented understanding of groundwater which is the largest storage in the region. By addressing the four sub-themes of the project, it is hoped to improve the management of groundwater throughout the SADC region.
While there were few dedicated groundwater papers,our attendance allowed us to meet other water managers, practitioners and researchers from the SADC region. This will be invaluable as we establish our presence. We look forward to reporting our progress at the next WaterNet Symposium to be held at Swakopmund in October 2017.