United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) Governance of Groundwater Resources in Transboundary Aquifers (GGRETA 3) Project

With the funding from the UNESCO-IHP, SADC-GMI is implementing some activities on the GGRETA-3 project.

The GGRETA-3 project builds on the results achieved by the previous two phases of the GGRETA project, i.e., Phase 1 (2013-2015) and Phase 2 (2016-2019).

The GGRETA-3 approach is addressing the sustainability challenges related to transboundary groundwater resources that many river basins are facing, including the protection of groundwater quality.

In Africa, GGRETA-3 implements activities in the Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer System (STAS) in cooperation with Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM) and with the three STAS riparian countries: South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

UNESCO-IHP is also cooperating with the Limpopo Watercourse Commission (LIMCOM) and Cuvelai Watercourse Commission (CUVECOM) to apply the GGRETA- 3 approach in the transboundary aquifers located in these river basins.

Under this project SADC-GMI must deliver the following deliverables:

  • Report on identified priorities and needs for action to establish a MCCM and improve data sharing by 10 December 2021
  • Protocols for collecting and sharing groundwater and surface water data and information among riparian countries, by 28 January 2022
  • Report including documentation of consultation process and documents supporting the design of the institutional setting of the MCCM by 25 February 2022,
  • Concept note, agenda and training material (powerpoint presentations and support material) for the training by 25 March 2022Results of the dissemination workshop report MCCM, 25 March 2022
  • Report for assessment of results for the training course, including list of participants and instances of one-to-one support provided by 25 March 2022
  • Workshop report on identifying needs for the establishment of a Groundwater Committee in CUVECOM by 29 April 2022
  • Report documenting support for the establishment of a Groundwater Committee in CUVECOM by 27 May 2022