Groundwater Resources Governance: Assessment of the Stampriet Aquifer
The UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) is organizing a technical meeting on the assessment of the transboundary Stampriet Aquifer (Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa) within the framework of the “Groundwater Resources Governance in Transboundary Aquifers”, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The technical meeting will be held from 21-23 May 2014 at the United Nations House in Windhoek, Namibia, and aims at improving the scientific knowledge on the shared aquifer, and to facilitate transboundary cooperation towards its joint management.
Approximately 25 experts from major governmental water stakeholders from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa will attend the meeting and lead the discussions on strengthening cross-border dialogue and cooperation, developing shared management tools; and facilitating governance reforms focused on improving livelihoods, economic development and environmental sustainability.
The main goal of the Stampriet case study is to reinforce the capacity of Member States (Botswana, Namibia and South Africa) in managing groundwater resources, strengthen cooperation among countries sharing the aquifer; and develop a long-term strategy for the monitoring and governance of the Stampriet Aquifer.