African Ministers' Council On Water / African Groundwater Commission

AFRICA Focus- Groundwater governance and institutional management

Tuesday 28 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: NL Auditorium

Groundwater is extremely important in Africa. It is estimated that more than 70% of the African population use groundwater as its main source of drinking water. Especially in the urban areas, the failure of urban water supply systems has led to the excessive withdrawal of groundwater for self-supply systems. This and other factors are responsible for some of the major challenges facing groundwater in the continent.

The major challenges with groundwater are salinization, pollution, degradation of ecological functions and environment. To adequately address the challenges facing groundwater, effective governance mechanism and effective national and regional institutions are highly needed.

A key step towards addressing the challenges will involve putting the effective governance mechanism in place



Programme

Convenors: AMCOW and African Union Commission

Event summary:

Effective groundwater and institutional management systems are necessary for improving Africa’s groundwater resources. The session will identify some of the challenges of effective groundwater management in Africa and showcase some best practices within the continent.

Groundwater is extremely important in Africa. It is estimated that more than 70% of the African population use groundwater as its main source of drinking water. Especially in the urban areas, the failure of urban water supply systems has led to the excessive withdrawal of groundwater for self-supply systems. This and other factors are responsible for some of the major challenges facing groundwater in the continent. The major challenges with groundwater are salinization, pollution, degradation of ecological functions and environment. To adequately address the challenges facing groundwater, effective governance mechanism and effective national and regional institutions are highly needed. A key step towards addressing the challenges will involve putting the effective governance mechanism in place.

Event objectives:

• look at the right frameworks and systems that should be in place to ensure effective governance mechanism to safeguard Africa’s groundwater resources.

• identify the challenges facing the effective management of groundwater in Africa.

• reflect on ways of improving groundwater governance in Africa

• share case studies on effective groundwater governance in Africa.

CHAIRPERSON: HE Isack Kamwelwe, AMCOW President, Minister of Water and Irrigation, Tanzania

Moderator: Dr Canisius Kanangire, AMCOW Executive Secretary

9:00: Opening Remarks by HE Prof Makame Mbarawa (MP), AMCOW President, Minister of Water and Irrigation, Tanzania  

09:10: Status of Groundwater Governance in Africa. Mr. Shafick Adams, Water Research Commission, South Africa.

09:35: Which governance mechanism does Africa need for effective development of its groundwater? Dr Callist Tindimugaya, Commissioner, Directorate of Water Resources, Uganda

10:00: Discussions

10:20: Closing by AMCOW President