Third Regional Meeting, October 2014
The Governments of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, jointly with the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) and the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) organized the Third Regional Technical Meeting from 20-22 October 2014 at the Stampriet transboundary aquifer at the Water Research Commission (WRC) in Pretoria, South Africa
At the the Second Regional Technical Meeting held in May 2014, the national technical groups leading the assessment were brought into full operation. The main objectives of the Third Regional Technical Meeting were:
- to provide an overview of the project, summarize progress and introduce additional elements in the project on hydro-diplomacy, gender and data harmonization;
- to report to national governments and the donor representatives on the three countries’ collection and processing of hydrogeological, socioeconomic and environmental and legal and institutional data;
- to discuss the harmonization of hydrogeological, social, environmental, legal and institutional data, including priorities and presentation;
- to prepare a workplan for data harmonization and joint assessment of the Stampriet aquifer.
- to provide training and ensure that National Technical Transboundary Aquifer Group (NTTGs) have clear understanding of the UN-WWAP UNESCO gender methodology and planning.
- to train and ensure that NTTGs have clear understanding of Capacity and Skills Enhancement Toolkit for Hydrodiplomacy applied to transboundary aquifer management by UNESCO-PCCP (From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential) programme
Main actions, conclusions and decisions taken during the Third Regional Meeting – Technical Meeting on Project Implementation are as follows:
- substantial progress in the data collection and processing phase of the project;
- integration of UN-WWAP UNESCO gender methodology;
- preparation of a work plan for gender data collection;
- presentation of up-to-date legal indicators based methodology;
- commencement of Hydrodiplomacy activities applied to transboundary aquifer management by UNESCO-PCCP
- identification of hydrogeological, social, environmental, legal and institutional data harmonization priorities, issues and challenges;
- agreement on a workplan for the data harmonization and assessment phase of the project including key activities, roles and responsibilities and timelines.