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.