The SADC Groundwater Management Institute will host its 5th SADC Groundwater Conference on 16, 17 & 18 November 2022. The conference is held annually, with the primary objective of providing a platform for the advancement of knowledge sharing on sustainable management of groundwater at national and transboundary levels across SADC Members States. This year the event will be physically held in Windhoek, Namibia with an online participation option.
CIWA Quarterly Bulletin
Welcome to CIWA’s Quarterly BULLETIN!
We are pleased to share this sixth quarterly edition of the Cooperation in International Waters in Africa Program (CIWA) Bulletin.
Discover or rediscover CIWA’s latest news: roam through a series of learning notes on Lake Victoria’s transboundary water pollution, sanitation and resource management strategies in action; read about Horn of Africa building resilience with its common water resources, and how CIWA addresses transboundary water data gap in Africa; listen to our podcast on the conservation and preservation of the Okavango Basin in southern Africa…and more!
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Anders Jägerskog and Ai-Ju Huang
CIWA Program Managers
With its partners, CIWA took an active part at the World Water Week 2022 in Stockholm
The theme of this edition of the World Water Week was “Seeing the Unseen: The Value of Water”, with a focus on topics ranging from food security and health to agriculture, technology, biodiversity, and the climate crisis. Read the blog and watch the sessions where CIWA team was acting.
What’s making a splash
INVISIBLE BONDS: RESILIENCE BUILDING IN THE HORN OF AFRICA’S BORDERLANDS
The Horn of Africa is a region that depends on transboundary water resources (TBA) for food, livelihoods and hydropower. Many TBA are located in areas affected by conflict, extreme poverty & food insecurity. A must read on why regional cooperation is key.
IMPROVED GOVERNANCE AND INCREASED INVESTMENT NEEDED TO TACKLE WORLD WATER CRISIS
As a public good, water is undervalued, underpriced, and often poorly managed and in need of better investment. How we value water is often reflected in governments’ water management policies. Saroj Kumar Jha, Global Director for the Water Global Practice at the World Bank, gives his insights.
RS TECHNOLOGY HELPS CLOSE THE TRANSBOUNDARY WATER DATA GAP IN AFRICA
Credible and consistent data on the quality and quantity of water is vital not only for better management and distribution, but also impacts agriculture, energy, environment and urban planning. Find out more in this blog by Noosha Tayebi, Water Resources Management Specialist in East Africa.
GREEN HOMES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN UGANDA
In 2021, Nile Basin Discourse (NBD) with support from CIWA Program, helped in training women and youth as Climate Change Resilience Champions; this training has had a big impact. Asia Namusoke, one of the beneficiaries of the training shares her story.
WORLD WATER WEEK 2022: A RECAP VIDEO
Experts from around the world assembled last week at the SIWI World Water Week event in Stockholm to explore ways we can turn innovation into action for a water-secure future. Watch a video recap of an interview with CIWA Program manager, Anders Jägerskog.
CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION OF THE OKAVANGO BASIN
Senior Water Management Specialist, Aleix Capdevilla, tells us how CIWA is supporting transboundary water cooperation in the Okavango River Basin and highlights the importance of preservation and conservation work in that region.
What’s new in transboundary waters cooperation
Transboundary Cooperation: Experience-sharing between LCBC, PROLAC and PRESIBALT
Last month, the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of PROLAC-LCBC visited CIWA-funded PROLAC Cameroon, based in Kousseri, in the Far North region of the country for an information exchange and experience-sharing workshop.
The Nile Basin Initiative develops a Climate Services knowledge hub on risk management
The climate services knowledge hub mainly focuses on the climate risk management, particularly, how to invest in climate-resilient infrastructure related to water management in the Nile Basin.
The Africa Climate Week 2022 concluded on Friday, September 2nd in Gabon. We invite you to check their website to explore various, valuable materials relating to the water cooperation-climate change nexus.
13th anniversary of the Water Convention
2022 marks the 13th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, also known as the 'Water Convention'. Read more about success stories and the Water Convention’s impact on the ground.
Seeing the value of groudwater
South African Dr Kevin Pietersen hosted one of the lightning talks during the 2022, World Water Week in Stockholm, highlighting the importance of groundwater as a resource around the world. Dr Pietersen is the technical advisor to the Groundwater Management Institute for the Southern African Developing Community.
AMCOW Convenes its 2022 Sub-Regional Technical Expert Committee Meetings
In July, AMCOW convened the first of its 2022 Sub-regional Ministerial Committee meeting – starting with the Technical Experts Committee of Western Africa in Abuja, Nigeria. It brought together the Member States in the surrounding region as well as River and Lake Basin Organizations.
CIWA LEARNING NOTES: FOCUS ON LAKE VICTORIA BASIN
The CIWA Lake Victoria Basin Learning Notes provide an overview of the causes of water quality degradation in the Lake Victoria Basin and explore potential areas for action and engagement.
Building upon a CIWA-supported study, the notes go beyond traditional lake restoration mechanisms, and identify innovative, transboundary, and long-term development-oriented strategies.
Read the 4 learning notes here ->
1.Improving Water Quality in Lake Victoria: Breaking the cycle of climate vulnerability
2.Improving Water Quality in Lake Victoria: Waste Management
3.Improving Water Quality in Lake Victoria: Sustainable Land and Water Management
4.Improving Water Quality in Lake Victoria: Social and Livelihood Development
Save the date for these upcoming events
Cairo Water Week 2022
The Cairo Water Week 2022 will take place from 16 to 19 October 2022 and is hosted by the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, in collaboration with national, regional, and international partners. The conference theme is ”Water at the Heart of the Climate Action” and serves as a preparatory platform for COP 27 in November in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. It is also recognized as official preparatory conference for the UN 2023 Water Conference.
5th SADC Groundwater Conference
CIWA’s social media engagement
Addressing #WaterQuality ?? issues in #LakeVictoria requires a long-term, #MultiDonor, and #MultiStakeholder approach to coordinate public & private #investment ? into #monitoring and improvement projects.— Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (@ciwaprogram) September 14, 2022
Read the learning notes ?? https://t.co/YVlRhUU9P0 to find out more. pic.twitter.com/qB3ALoWSMZ
Bold #policy actions ?? and #investment ? are needed at all levels to #CloseTheGap in global #WaterSecurity ??— Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (@ciwaprogram) August 31, 2022
Read our blog on improving the #governance of this finite resource ?https://t.co/Pqx4sUWk8b#WorldWaterWeek2022 @WorldBankWater @SarojJha001 @WorldBankAfrica pic.twitter.com/KRJ53AR0oz
Intense discussions, critical reflections and good ideas on how to move forward at today’s @siwi_www session with @WorldBankWater, @ciwaprogram, @UNECE_Water, @orasecom and @ihedelft on managing shared groundwater. Are basin organizations well placed to take over a role? ? pic.twitter.com/38STzm14Ec— Water Cooperation & Diplomacy @IHE (@IHEWCD) August 29, 2022
Anyone interested in understanding transboundary resilience better? Please look into this @ciwaprogram report providing a novel framework. @WorldBankWater @WorldBankAfrica @AyatSoliman7 @simeonehui https://t.co/z2wuEDwSzO— Anders Jägerskog (@AndersJagerskog) August 25, 2022
CIWA, a multi-donor partnership, continues to support riparian governments in West, East, Central, and Southern Africa and their path toward more sustainable, data-driven, community-focused, and collaborative management of transboundary waters.
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