8th African Water Week Session: Governance of Transboundary Groundwater resources in SADC

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)  Session Description In Sub-Saharan Africa, forty percent (40%) of…

Optimizing Sustainable Groundwater Management Calls for a System Thinking Approach

Optimizing Sustainable Groundwater Management Calls for a System Thinking Approach Systems thinking provides an opportunity to understand how groundwater systems function and react to anthropogenic influences, thereby enhancing its contribution to water security, according to the authors. Credit: Bigstock. HANNESBURG, Nov 8 2021 (IPS) – “The Systems thinking approach could innovatively contribute to a water-secure Southern…

Capacity Development for communities, local structures/institutions are key for sustainable water resources management and development

The Chimbiya community in Malawi demonstrates the use of water at the commissioning of the Chimbiya project where a 100m deep borehole was drilled. The borehole was equipped with a motorised electric pump, reticulating the water to ten communal-style distribution points around the community, culminating in supplying water to approximately 15 000 inhabitants in Chimbiya…

Deriving benefits from the groundwater system: Innovative groundwater infrastructure interventions

Deriving benefits from the groundwater system: Innovative groundwater infrastructure interventions A communal tape in Malawi, part of the groundwater infrastructure that was developed for the SADC-GMI for the community. Groundwater is extremely important in Africa. It is estimated that more than 75 percent of the African population uses groundwater as its main source of drinking…

4th SADC Groundwater Conference – Welcome Note by James Sauramba

ENGLISHFRENCHPORTUGUESEENGLISH WELCOME NOTE SADC-GMI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (JAMES SAURAMBA) SADC Groundwater Conferences were debuted in 2018 and since then, this premier groundwater event in the SADC region has grown from strength to strength. The past three conferences have demonstrated great impetus in aiding the SADC region addressing water security issues and challenges as well as forge…

SADC Learning Valuable Lessons on Sustainable Groundwater Management – Novus Group

SADC Learning Valuable Lessons on Sustainable Groundwater Management by Novus Group – Press Bulletin in SRK  The growing rate of groundwater extraction in southern Africa is unsustainable, and the region needs to learn quickly from the valuable research and practical interventions currently underway. Among the important agencies active in this field is the Southern African Development Community…

Third Edition of Hydrogeological Map of Namibia and Handbook Launched in Windhoek

Third edition of hydrogeological map of Namibia and handbook launched in Windhoek A map and handbook aimed at monitoring the occurrence, availability, quality, utilisation and vulnerability of groundwater in Namibia were launched in Windhoek on Friday. The third edition of the Hydro-Geological Map of Namibia and handbook revealed that the country has about 300 million…

‘Tap into groundwater – with care’

‘Tap into groundwater – with care’ Article by Sheree Bega | Listen to this article on the Mail & Guardian website. For James Sauramba, the key to building water resilience in Southern Africa lies right under our feet: groundwater. “Climate change is intensifying,” says Sauramba, the executive director of the Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute.…