2019 was a year of rewarding collaboration with Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Collaboration to enhance groundwater on the SADC agenda: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Southern African Development Community – Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI), increased their impact on groundwater management in southern Africa through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The aim of the MoU is to strengthen collaboration and drive the agenda for sustainable groundwater and conjunctive water management in the region.
The Limpopo Watercourse Commission (LIMCOM) launched its first-ever Groundwater Committee: LIMCOM, which coordinates shared international water issues among Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe, formalized a cooperation mechanism focusing on groundwater resources and management. This LIMCOM Groundwater Committee will facilitate and promote the conjunctive management of surface water and groundwater resources, while focusing attention on transboundary aquifers shared among the countries.
GRIPP helped increase focus on Sustainable Development Goals at the second SADC-GMI Groundwater Conference: The theme for this year’s conference in Johannesburg was aptly titled “Groundwater’s Contribution to Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in SADC Region.” Each day, on average, 150 delegates from close to 20 countries, from Southern Africa and beyond, attended the conference. The common message from the keynote speakers, presenters and panel discussions emphasized the centrality of groundwater in providing lasting water solutions for the SADC region.
The lasting legacy of the RAMOTSWA project in Southern Africa: Partners in the RAMOTSWA Transboundary Aquifer Project came together for a workshop to mark the project’s official close. The RAMOTSWA Project supported cooperative management of groundwater resources in the Upper Limpopo region in Botswana and South Africa. This project was the first to focus on transboundary aquifers in the Limpopo River Basin. The project’s major outputs included a transboundary diagnostic of the aquifer, agricultural water management solutions for smallholder farmers, a thorough investigation of nitrate pollution and many more. The RAMOTSWA Project has paved the way for other similar projects in the region.
SADC member states in Malawi and Mozambique committed to transboundary conjunctive water management: The Conjunctive Water Resources Management in the Shire River – Aquifer System project (Shire ConWat) was implemented by the Southern African Development Community – Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The aim of the project is to enhance cooperation of surface water and groundwater management in the Shire River Basin in a way that is sustainable as well as improves livelihoods and socioeconomic prosperity. Malawi and Mozambique agreed to draft a Memorandum of Understanding for data sharing, which will facilitate decision making and shape the future of conjunctive water management in the region. Access the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis and Strategic Action Plan documents here.
We thank you for your support and contributions in 2019. Help us build a more sustainable future and share this with colleagues, friends and family that have an interest in groundwater management for development. We look forward to working with you in 2020 and wish you the best!
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