Key Note Presentation by Prof. Alan MacDonald @ 1st SADC Groundwater Conference
Keywords: (Drought, Climate, Change, Infrastructure, Groundwater Resources, Resilience).
“Recent droughts have highlighted the need to understand and forecast the resilience of water supplies to climate variability. Resilience of groundwater supplies is determined by several factors: groundwater storage; long term recharge; permeability; and the infrastructure put in place to abstract groundwater.
“Drawing on recent research from across Africa, mainly funded through the UPGro programme, this talk examines the relative importance of each of these factors for rural drinking water supplies, and attempts to distinguish between the behaviour of the groundwater resource and the water infrastructure.
“A variety of data are presented and evaluated: detailed groundwater level monitoring of springs, wells and boreholes; national survey data of borehole functionality; groundwater residence time indicators; and also information from GRACE and global Land Surface Model.”
Source: Conference Abstract
Photo: SADC-GMI (via Twitter)
This week, regional and international water experts have converged on Johannesburg at the 1st Groundwater Conference of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The event has been convened by the SADC Groundwater Management Institute (GMI) in assocciation with a number of partners including GRIPP
UPGro has a strong presence at the event as part of the build-up to Africa Water Week next month, in Gabon:
- Opening Keynote: Karen G. Villholth (GroFutures) and Jude Cobbing.
“Adapting to Climate Change in the SADC Region – A Focus on Groundwater.”
- Presentation: Theresa Mkandawire (Hidden Crisis) presented “An analysis of hand pump boreholes functionality in Malawi.”
- Keynote speaker: Alan McDonald. (Hidden Crisis/GroFutures) “Resilience of rural
groundwater supplies to climate change”
- Presentation: Thokozani Mtewa,Evance Mwathunga and Wapulumuka Mulwafu.
(Hidden Crisis) “They gave us breakfast and a good meal’: Roles, perceptions and
motivations of water point area mechanics in the maintenance of borehole handpumps in Balaka district, Malawi.”
- Keynote speaker: Dr Callist Tindimugaya “Groundwater and African National Development Strategies”
You can follow the conference on Twitter: #gwconference2018
photo : Prof Theresa Makandawire presenting UPGro Hidden Crisis work in Malawi (credit BGS via Twitter)