SADC Experts and Policy Makers convene in Johannesburg to discuss Groundwater Resources role in Economic Development

Regional corporation and collaboration on groundwater is key to driving socio-economic development in the SADC region, say experts speaking at the first SADC annual groundwater conference. The conference, held by SADC-GMI at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, started today and finishes on September 28, 2018. The theme for…

Groundwater is key to navigating Climate Change in the SADC region, say experts

Only proper management of critical groundwater resources will see the SADC Region prosper as climate change impacts are increasingly experienced. This was the reason behind the formation of the SADC-Groundwater Management Institute and the first annual SADC Groundwater Conference, where by top groundwater experts, policy makers, government officials, young professionals and students discussed how to…

SADC-GMI implements the “Integration of Groundwater Management into Transboundary Basin Organizations in Africa Training”

Bloemfontein, South Africa – Addressing groundwater management in the river basin organizations is not completely new. It has been discussed at international events such as the Africa Water Week, Stockholm World water Week and other similar platforms over the years. The significance of Transboundary water management in Africa has been emphasized in the African Water Vision 2025. In Africa there are about eighty transboundary lakes and river basins and at least seventy transboundary aquifer basins. The African Water Vision stresses that groundwater is the major, and often only the source of drinking water for more than 75% of the African population especially amongst the poor rural communities. Consequently, broad consensus was reached within AMCOW and the African/International Network of Basin Organizations (ANBO/INBO) that groundwater must be addressed through integrated river basin management.

SADC-GMI embarks on the Shire River – Aquifer System Conjunctive Water Resources Management Research (Shire ConWat) Project

Bloemfontein – South Africa: SADC-GMI is embarking on a major project on the Shire Transboundary Aquifer System shared between Malawi and Mozambique. The project is part of the Sustainable Groundwater Management in SADC Member States project, financed by the Global Environment Facility and the Multi-Donor Trust Fund Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) through the World Bank. The International Water Management Institute based in Pretoria, South Africa won the tender to implement the project on behalf and under the strategic guidance of the Southern African Development Community – Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI). The project will involve conducting intensive studies in both Member States (Malawi and Mozambique) to support Transboundary Aquifers Management in Member States in collaboration with relevant government authorities and River Basin Organizations in finding solutions to shared groundwater challenges through Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis and Strategic Action Plans. The Shire system serves as a good pilot project in the SADC region as it provides a fairly unique opportunity to explore conjunctive management of multiple water resources. It is also an important watercourse in Malawi and Mozambique, playing a crucial role in socio-economic development for both Member States.

South Africa to host inaugural Groundwater Conference

The 1st Annual Groundwater Conference will give much needed impetus to raising awareness of the critical role of groundwater in meeting development challenges in the face of climate change across the SADC region. The conference, hosted by SADC-GMI from September 26- 28, 2018, will be held under the overarching theme of “Adapting to Climate Change in the SADC Region through Water Security – A Focus on Groundwater”.