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Southern African Development Community - SADC - Groundwater and Drought Management Project

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The objective of the project is for the SADC member states to develop cooperatively a strategic regional approach to support and enhance the capacity of its member States in the definition of drought management policies, specifically in relation to the role, availability (magnitude and recharge) and supply potential of groundwater resources.
GEF ID: 970
IBRD ID: 70547
Project Category: Groundwater
Project Description:

The objective of the project is for the SADC member states to develop cooperatively a strategic regional approach to support and enhance the capacity of its member States in the definition of drought management policies, specifically in relation to the role, availability (magnitude and recharge) and supply potential of groundwater resources. The project consists of four components.

  • The first, development and testing of a groundwater drought management plan for the Limpopo River Basin pilot areas, will test the application and replicability of methods of decreasing the vulnerability of local communities and GDEs to the effects of groundwater droughts, and to ensure that practical on-the-ground benefits accrue to local people from the project.
  • The second, regional groundwater drought management support, will provide tools for transboundary groundwater management, including hydrogeological maps and maps of groundwater vulnerability and water scarcity.
  • The third, establishment of the Groundwater Management Institute of Southern Africa (GMISA), will create an institution to increase knowledge of and capacity for groundwater management in SADC, in order to sustain the work of the project and maintain readiness to address future drought events.
  • The fourth, project management and administration, will provide maximum extemal support to the SADC Water Division.

This will assist in reconciling the demands for socio-economic development and those of the principal groundwater-dependent ecosystems. Tools will be elaborated for regional cooperative management of transboundary aquifers and to guide sustainable downstream investments in proactive drought mitigation.

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Sub-Region: Eastern Africa, Southern Africa
Basin:
Ecosystem: Groundwater
Project Contacts:
  • Mr. Phera Ramoeli
    Chief Engineer, Southern African Development Community; Water Sector Coordination Unit (SADC/WSCU),
  • Dr. Marcus Wishart
    Senior Water Resource Specialist, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (WB), Africa Water Resources Management Unit
  • Mr. Philip Beetlestone
    Project manager, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS),
  • Mrs. Barbara Lopi
    Communications Officer, Southern African Development Community; Water Sector Coordination Unit (SADC/WSCU),
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Project Documents:
General Information:
Project Type FSP
Project Status Project Completion
Start Date
Mar 22, 2004 12:00 AM
End Date
Dec 31, 2010 12:00 AM
 
GEF characteristic:
Operational Programme 9
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project 7.35M US$
Total Cost of the project: 14.25M US$
 
Partners:
Countries: Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Lead Implementing Agency International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (WB)
Executing Agencies