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UNESCO Call for Consultancy on Groundwater governance and Data closing soon!

10 Jun 2022
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Groundwater Governance Requirements for the Exploration and Production of Unconventional Gas Sources

South Africa has an energy crisis. The country requires 53 Gigawatt of new capacity by 2030. The exploitation  of  unconventional  gas  is  a  potential  game-changer  to  meet  South  Africa’s  current energy deficit to fuel economic growth and development. Water management, both in terms of abstraction and disposal, has emerged as a critical issue in the development of unconventional gas reservoirs.

Groundwater governance: where science, economics and politics meet

POSTER Researching a subject on the internet the slogan "Water flows upstream to money" popped up. The context was drought, and the meaning clear. If politics come into play as well, it would seem that science is relegated to a distant third place. The proclamation of the National Water Act, of 1998 (Act 36 of 1998), recognized the importance of groundwater and its role in the hydrological cycle and water supply issues. Groundwater governance has grown since then and is becoming increasingly important.

An Analysis Of The Challenges For Groundwater Governance During Unconventional Gas Development In South Africa

The groundwater governance arrangements for the development of groundwater resources were analysed. The analysis highlighted gaps and barriers to overcome before unconventional gas (shale gas and coal bed methane) development can take place at an industrial scale.