8th African Water Week Session: Governance of Transboundary Groundwater resources in SADC
8th African Water Week
Session title: Governance of Transboundary Groundwater resources in SADC
Conveners: SADC-GMI, Okavango Cubango River Commission (OKACOM).
Date: 24 Nov 2021, 12:00 – 13:30
Session Chair: Trevor Shongwe (kingdom of Eswatini)
In Sub-Saharan Africa, forty percent (40%) of the population is resident in Transboundary Aquifers (TBAs), with the Southern African region home to about thirty (30) TBAs. Traditionally, discourse on the management of TBAs have not been consummerate with their critical contribution to water security. However, the SADC region has seen a significant institutionalisation of TBA management in RBOs. The Southern Africa Development Community – Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) in collaboration with the SADC RBOs notably, Okavango-Cubango River Commission (OKACOM), have been advancing the management of TBAs in the respective River Basins, through several initiatives with the overarching objective of contributing to the livelihoods of inhabitants, through improved water security.
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