Cross-border partnership on water resources

01 March 2019 | Local News

The agriculture ministry, with support from the Unesco International Hydrological Programme (IHP), is implementing the Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer System (STAS) project.

This project will be shared between Botswana, Namibia and South Africa within the framework for the governance of groundwater resources in transboundary aquifers.

It is aimed at improving the knowledge and recognition of the importance and vulnerability of transboundary groundwater resources and strengthening cross-border dialogue and cooperation.

The project further aims to develop shared management tools and facilitate governance reforms focused on improving livelihoods, economic development and environmental sustainability.

According to the ministry's executive director, Percy Misika, through the STAS project, a two-day national planning workshop was held this week.

The workshop focused on groundwater modelling, gender-responsive water assessments, monitoring and reporting.

Misika said the training was aimed at providing information and toolkits to government officials and students from local tertiary institutions for the collection and analysis of water data.

The groundwater modelling and gender training was delivered by the University of Aviation in France and the Unesco World Water Assessment Programme.

Misika said the outcome of the training programme is to build the capacity of participants in terms of groundwater modelling and the sex-desegregation water data collection.

The participants nominated by the STAS national project coordinators in Namibia within the agriculture ministry, will build on the acquired knowledge to set the baseline for the continuation of the development of the project and for water data collection, so the resource can be properly managed.

ELLANIE SMIT

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