SADC creates groundwater awareness amidst drought
The Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) on Monday held an Awareness, Knowledge Management and Communication Strategy Stakeholder Engagement workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The newly-established Regional Centre of Excellence on groundwater is hosted by the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, on behalf of and under the strategic guidance of the SADC Secretariat, Directorate of Infrastructure and Services - Water Division in Gaborone, Botswana.
“SADC-GMI promotes capacity building, awareness, research and promoting access to groundwater”, says Ex-Officio Executive Director, James Sauramba.
With groundwater making almost 97 % of all the fresh water resources in Africa, much awareness about the resource needs to be created. “We are promoting the joint use of surfacing groundwater and promote its importance as well as ensuring that it is not polluted”, adds Sauramba.
For the past 10 years drought has intensified in the Southern African region and about 70% of the people in the region especially in the rural areas rely on groundwater.
Channel Africa spoke to James Sauramba about the role of SADC-GMI and the importance of groundwater conservation: