International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

Good Practices and Portfolio Learning in Transboundary Freshwater and Marine Legal and Institutional Frameworks - Results

GEF IDS: 849 , 3340


Information sources
GEF3 Tracking Tool (2010), IWC6 Results Note (2011)

Key Basin Project Results
1. Agreement on establishment of the Groundwater Management Institute through a competitive, consensus led process among SADC Member States.
2. Community-based Groundwater Management Plans, supported by pilot investment projects, developed and helping communities make optimal use of local groundwater resources to maintain livelihoods during drought periods.
3. Decision Support Guidelines developed to facilitate decision making and promote the increased support for groundwater management in the Southern African Development Community. (#849, SADC Groundwater)

Results data
Aquifer recharge area protection
Year: N/A - Value: [see desc]
INDICATOR#1: Stakeholders and groundwater dependent eco-systems in the pilot areas are less vulnerable to drought impacts and regional implications are identified.
Community Groundwater Management Plans developed and implemented leading to increased community resilience and improved groundwater anagement through the sustainable application of limited water resources in drought prone areas helping communities make optimal use of local groundwater resources and maintain livelihoods during drought periods. By improving run-off capture and allowing more time for infiltration, the recharge rate at the pilot levels has improved, although not quantified. There are also improvements in water availability (for human, livestock and gardening), vegetation cover, reduction in erosion, and enhancement in food security due to the boost in runoff capture and improved recharge rate. The lessons from these pilots are being captured to provide SADC Member States with tools to implement in those localities where communities are vulnerable to droughts.
Establishment of country-specific inter-ministerial committees
Year: N/A - Value: YEs
Regional legal agreements and cooperation frameworks
Year: N/A - Value: YES
Regional Management Institutions
Year: N/A - Value: YES
INDICATOR#1: Groundwater Management Institute (GMI) of Southern Africa established and financially viable.
As a result of support from the project, the SADC Member States are working closely and developing regional consensus on the importance of groundwater management. Enhanced institutional coordination among agencies involved in technical work on groundwater management and advocacy has evolved as a result of the project support.
Reflecting this, the SADC Member States have established the GMI through a competitive, consensus lead process after 14 institutions were nominated by nine of the SADC Member States as potential host institutions. These were subsequently evaluated by the SADC organs, endorsed by the SADC Council of Ministers, governance structures put in place and the host institution identified.

INDICATOR#2: Re-establishment the SADC sub-committee on Hydrogeology
The Steering Group established under the Project has provided forum for agencies from the SADC Member States to work together. As a result, the SADC Member States have decided to re-establish the sub-committee on hydrogeology, which is a Member State funded entity working with the SADC Secretariat toward better management of groundwater in the regional trans-boundary context and development of key projects. (#849, SADC Groundwater)
Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis: Agreement on transboundary priorities and root causes
Year: N/A - Value: TBD
Development of Strategic Action Program (SAP)
Year: N/A - Value: NO