Presentation of the IHP Water Information Network System (IHP-WINS) to SADC water professionals
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an expansive region, with unevenly-distributed water resources compared to population and settlement patterns coupled with a variable and changing climate. Therefore water availability and water quality are critical concerns for many SADC Member States. Strengthening institutional and technical capacities of the entities in charge of water resources are considered as key factors to improve water governance. In this regard, there is an urgent demand to use technology to better effect, which would assist stakeholders in better coordinating the design and support of operations, management, and decision making for sound water resources governance.
UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) will present on 22 March 2017 in Johannesburg - South Africa, the Water Information Network System (IHP-WINS) to officials from Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The training is aimed at fostering national human resources with technical capacity using geospatial tools (GIS) for the management of water resources.
IHP-WINS is an open source and open access platform that combines geolocalized data. This user-friendly, interactive tool can be used by a wide variety of stakeholders, to explore the data and generate customized maps. It was developed to also assist Member States in monitoring and implementing the Sustainable Development Goal to "ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all" (SDG6).