3rd SADC Groundwater Conference (SADC-GMI)
About this event
Parts of Sub Saharan Africa makes little use of its groundwater resources, which contributes only 1% of total renewable water resource withdrawals for agriculture. Projected and continuing changes to the amount, intensity and predictability of rainfall in much of Southern Africa will lead to changes in the way the region views its groundwater resources. Increasing water scarcity will be particularly difficult for smallholder farmers who produce 90% of Africa’s food who haven not access to central water supply infrastructure. Currently, only 6% of the total cultivated land in Africa is irrigated. It has been estimated that irrigation could boost agricultural productivity by 50%. Moreover, population growth and economic development will increase the demand for water across sub Saharan Africa, currently estimated at around 50 litres per capita, compared to 10 times that amount in the USA.The challenges of a dynamic and declining water availability situation will lead to greater pressure to exploit unrealised and little-known groundwater resources, particularly for rural smallholder farmers who will be under pressure from competing water users such as commercial agriculture, urban development and energy production (the Nexus challenge).
This conference seeks to advocate for a more central and pronounced role for groundwater in the WEFE Nexus dialogue as a way of minimizing shocks, risks, and vulnerability to climate change. The conference will be offered parallel to the 8th Africa Water Week, and also align with the theme of the 8th Africa Water Week. Both the 3rd SADC Groundwater Conference and the 8th Africa Water Week (AWW8) are aimed at rallying Africa’s water sector towards a common voice as the world prepares for the 9th World Water Forum (9WWF) to be held in Dakar, Senegal in March 2021.
Dr Kevin PietersenSenior Lecturer
Dr Kevin Pietersen has over twenty-five years of experience in the groundwater field. He is an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Water Studies at the University of the
Western Cape and was formerly Director of SLR Consulting (South Africa), a leading international environmental consultancy, in South Africa. He is currently the team leader for the consultancy services for Water Resources Management Research in the Eastern Kalahari Karoo Basin Transboundary Aquifer funded by the SADC-GMI.
Mannix, Shaun MacLeod, Jamie Rattray, Helen Robinson and Robert Kalin. ‘Doing So Much More’-
Maximizing Artesian Groundwater for Community-Led Sustainable Agriculture: A Case Study
from the Jordani Project, Malawi.
Chinyama, Farisse Chirindja, Rosie Day, Fulvio Franchi, Josie Geris, Stephen Hussey, Edward
Nesamvuni, Alcino Nhacume, Alfred Petros, Hanne Roden, Melanie Rohse, Sithabile Tirivarombo,
Anne Van Loon and Jean-Christophe Comte. Increasing resilience to floods and droughts
in the Limpopo river basin: development of a basin-scale hydrological model to support
sustainable groundwater management.
Mpongwe Karst, Zambia, in recent years.
Ground Water Response to Conservation Agriculture Practices on Maize-Legume Intercrop
Brauns, Dan J. Lapworth and Alan M. MacDonald. Review of comparative studies on estimating
groundwater recharge under conservation agriculture versus conventional tillage
impacts of global change on groundwater-dependent ecosystems in reference to the
Tuli-Karoo transboundary aquifer.
the GGRETA Phase 3.
Coordinators. Moderated by James Sauramba
How to replicate lessons learned from STAS in other RBOs/TBAs
Panel: IGRAC, IWMI, Hans Beekman, SADC-Secretariat, South Africa, ORASECOM, ZAMCOM.
Moderated by Brighton Munyai
Remediation Technology to Improve Water Security in Urban Coastal Aquifers.
algorithms in Windhoek
Thompson: The Groundwater Game – a serious game to foster a shared understanding of
sustainable and equitable groundwater management
pollution of water resources in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, South Africa.
groundwater in the Soutpansberg region, South Africa.
of groundwater quality of the Swakop-upper Omatako Basin in Namibia.
and groundwater quality in the dry bed of the Limpopo River for agricultural irrigation in
hydrogeophysics and derivatives analyses for improved groundwater security, Western Cape,
6.3.2: A case study of the Free State Province.
approach to evaluate hydrogeochemical processes influencing groundwater quality, Western
Cape, South Africa.
the management of groundwater resources
Addressing Food Security
and regulation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa
groundwater governance in water supply and security in Namibia.
process to increase the contribution of groundwater to economical development and
livelihoods in Africa.
Hartog, N., Jawitz, J., Kebede Gurmessa, S., Klingbeil, R., Kreamer, D., Kukuric, N., Lapworth, D.,
Liu, J., Lytton, L., Misstear, B., Ouedraogo, I., Podgorski, J., Poulin, C., Qadir, M., Riemann, K., Ruz
Vargas, C., Scrinzi, L., Simmons, C., Smedley, P., Villholth, K., Wagner, F. Groundwater Quality
within the World Water Quality Assessment and its Relevance for the SADC Region.
integration in transboundary river basins.
Jonathan Lautze - Tuli Karoo Transboundary Aquifer – TDA
Hans Beekman - Eastern Kalahari - Karoo Transboundary Aquifer – Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis
Sam Sunguro - Hydrogeology of the Eastern Kalahari-Karoo Transboundary Aquifer
Girma Ebrahim - Designing a Groundwater Monitoring Network for the Tuli Karoo
Moderated by Patience Mukuyu and Kevin Pietersen
Panellists: Brief intro and profile of each panellist by moderators then round of specific
questions (5 mins each) followed by 15 minutes Q&A discussion etc.
• Zione Uka (Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Water Development - Malawi) –
Experience on developing the SAP for the Shire Basin
• Rapule Pule (ORASECOM) - Modalities for transboundary aquifer assessments in
RBOs institutional arrangements?
• Piet Kenabatho (University of Botswana) Common features and interventions across
the, Eastern Kalahari, Stampriet, Tuli Karoo TBAs
• Leonard Magara (CRIDF) – Planning integrated groundwater monitoring and
development in Zimbabwe – Tuli Karoo
Facilitator: Phera Ramoeli Official opening:
• Welcome by the Executive Director of the SADC-GMI
• SADC Secretariat
• Chair of SADC (Mozambique)
|Full name||Responsibility||Contact number||Email address|
|Dr Kevin Pietersen||+27|
|Professor Piet Kenabatho||+27|
|Professor Modreck Gomo||+27|
|Dr Kirsty Upton||+27|
|Mr Brighton Munyai:||+27|
|Dr Karen Villholth||+27|
|Ms Raquel Sousa||+27|
|Ms Winnie Kambinda||+27|
|Dr Kawawa Banda||+27|
|Mr James Sauramba||+27|
|Mr Bertram Swartz||+27|
|Ms Franziska Wende||+27|
|Mr Brighton Munyai||+27|