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

10 Jun 2022
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Understanding informal institutions’ role in groundwater management – Lessons from borderland communities

Across Africa, given the pressing challenges of climate change and widespread water, food and livelihood insecurity and poverty, there is an ever-increasing expanding role for groundwater in resilience building, especially in borderland communities. This situation is being investigated in several projects and geographies. This paper’s groundwater management analysis was based on literature reviews, key informant interviews (KIIs), and focus group discussions (FGDs) in selected case study areas throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Development of multi-level groundwater governance systems and groundwater capacity development to support local municipalities in the Northern Cape Region

The Anglo-American Municipal Capability & Partnership Program (MCPP) has partnered with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to implement programs focused on Strategic Water Management and Strategic Planning within the Gamagara and Tsantsabane Local municipalities within the Northern Cape Region. The CSIR appointed GEOSS South Africa (Pty) Ltd to assist with Municipal Groundwater Capacity Development and Support for these two municipalities.

How can collective groundwater resource management solutions benefit water governance at various levels? An example in a volcanic watershed in East Java, Indonesia

On the slopes of Mount Bromo, East Java (Indonesia), the land use of the Rejoso watershed is dominated by rice fields and sugarcane ( lowland area ), agroforestry (midstream) and horticulture and pine plantation in the upstream part. During the last three decades, some land changes driven by socio-economic development, with conversion of agroforests to rice fields, tree monoculture and horticulture, and the development of urban areas nearby, increased pressure on the watershed. Intensive irrigated rice cultivation is using groundwater from free-flowing artesian wells.

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.