Cooperation on Freshwater Resources in Africa: Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer High Level Meeting

When, local time: 
Thursday, 3 November 2016 - 2:30pm to Friday, 4 November 2016 - 6:30pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
t.carvalho-resende(at)unesco.org

The Governments of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, jointly with the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) are organizing the Stampriet Aquifer High-Level Meeting on 3-4 November 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France.

The meeting will gather High-Level Representatives from the Ministries in charge of Water Resources from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, as well as High-Level Representatives from Regional Organizations such as the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW).

In the framework of the UNESCO-IHP activities devoted to the protection and sustainable management of groundwater resources shared by two or more countries, this High-Level Meeting will be the occasion to focus on the Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer (Botswana, Namibia and South Africa) which is considered as one of the hotspots in Southern Africa. The main objectives of this meeting are to underpin the role of science in decision-making in the context of transboundary aquifer cooperation, and to discuss the role of emerging legal instruments in the management of transboundary aquifers. It is envisaged that the discussions held during the meeting will lead to the adoption of a Declaration on Water Cooperation for the Stampriet Aquifer which will mark the starting of the process for the establishment of a joint mechanism for the management and governance of aquifer.

In the framework of the High Level Meeting, H.E. Ms Frieda Nangula Ithete, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Namibia to UNESCO, will open the photo exhibition “Namibia Sun Pictures’ by Paolo Solari Bozzi on 3 November at 6.30 pm in Miro hall. The Exhibition will remain open until 9 November.