The AGW-Net was established to increase awareness of the potential and value of groundwater across the continent and to contribute to capacity building in the groundwater sector in Africa.
The objectives of AGW-Net include building capacity for improved groundwater management at all levels, advocacy for wise and sustainable use and protection of groundwater and integration of groundwater management with surface water.
The Africa Groundwater Network also acts as a meeting place for the African Groundwater Community, where ideas may be debated, projects and plans shared, jobs and work advertized and partners and friendships formed.
Africa Groundwater Network has had held 2 events in 2015.
The 7th Annual Steering Committee meeting held in Johannesburg - see photograph below.
The minutes of this meeting can be seen here. The 2016 annual workplan can be seen here.
The tenure of Prof Tamiru Abiye is completed at the end of 2015. The SC and network members do thank him most sincerely for his tireless efforts to advance the network. We welcome Dr Moustapha Diene (Senegal) as the incoming network manager.
From left: Prof Daniel Nkhuwa (Zambia), Dr Martin Eduvie (Nigeria), Prof Tamiru Abiye (South Africa), Dr Mohamed Elrawady (Egypt), Dr Richard Owen (Zimbabwe), Dr Geophrey Anornu (Ghana).
Regional Course on Groundwater Management within IWRM in River Basin Context. August 24-28, 2015. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
This course has been organized by Moustapha Diene, the incoming network manager. It resulted from collaboration between the Regional Association of natural resources users in Niger Basin River (CRU-BN) and Africa Groundwater Network (AGW-Net), and with the support of Cap-Net UNDP and the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) through the Burden Network. It was delivered in French language, and 18 participants from 6 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Niger, and Togo) were attending the meeting, among them 11 females. A short report on the course can be viewed here.
This is the first time that our new training manual: Integration of Groundwater Management into Transboundary River Basin Organizations in Africa.
History of AGW-Net
AGW-Net was inaugurated at a meeting held in Pretoria South Africa on 21st and 22nd July 2008 at the Cap-Net offices in the Water Research Commission building. Institutional participants and partners at this inauguration meeting were Cap-Net (UNDP), BGR, WaterNet, WA-Net, Nile IWRM-Net, GWP-SA and UNW-DPC. Also present was the Burdon Network of the International Association of Hydrogeologists.
Twenty water and groundwater specialists representing 20 educational and public sector institutions from 19 countries across Africa attended the meeting. This group agreed unanimously that there was a need for a groundwater group to raise awareness of groundwater in Africa, to promote better management of the resource and to provide a professional and technical link to recent developments on the continent such as eg: the Africa Groundwater Commission (AGWC) established by AMCOW and the SADC Limpopo Groundwater and Drought Management Project (LGDMP). The meeting agreed to inaugurate the Africa Groundwater Network (AGW-Net).
The membership of AGW-Net at October 2014 is 318. The map shows the distribution of membership.