Our vision is to be a centre of excellence in promoting equitable and sustainable groundwater management in the SADC Region.

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”.

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

The three-day conference, held by SADC-GMI at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa closed on a high note on Friday, 28 September 2018.  The conference theme was “Adapting to Climate Change in the SADC Region through Water Security – A Focus on Groundwater”.

SADC Experts and Policy Makers discuss the Role of Groundwater in Economic Development in the SADC Region

Regional and International water experts convened at SADC Groundwater Conference organized by SADC-GMI at Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 – 28 September 2018. The primary objective of this conference is to provide an annual platform for all groundwater stakeholders to advance knowledge sharing on sustainable management of groundwater at national and transboundary levels across SADC Members States.