To be able to achieve the objectives of the SADC-GMI, we have identified a set of key focus areas. In addition to managing the SADC-GMI in an efficient manner and with integrity, we intend to focus on establishing a resource centre, training, projects and advocacy.
The resource centre aims to readily provide existing and new knowledge, information and data to stakeholders; mostly through a website, user-friendly regional databases and smart-phone applications.
We would like to support the grey literature project initiated by the British Geological Survey and make previously hydrogeological maps, manuals, guidelines, papers and reports accessible to hydrogeologists and other water professionals and managers in the SADC region.
Training is a major part of the initiative to improve groundwater management in the region. This could include supporting tertiary education institutions, presenting a part-time diploma course in hydrogeology and presenting targeted short courses. We believe that the benefits of good quality training will permeate back into the water community in the member states.
Transboundary aquifers and international cooperation are a particular interest of this project. Using a small sub-grant system, a series of projects will be commissioned which aim to address issues peculiar to managing transboundary aquifers and to promoting international cooperation.
Through our work, we aim to advocate the use and improved management of groundwater across the SADC region. It is crucial that the outcomes of the project be conveyed to those who could or should use the information. We intend to inform regulators, water resource authorities and others about the resource below their feet and how best it can be used.