SPLASH Groundwater Management Course, Togo
A regional course in groundwater management in an IWRM framework took place in Lomé, Togo from 12 to 16 April 2010. The course was delivered by AGW-Net and was co-funded by BGR/BMZ and Cap-Net. BGR and GEUS staff were actively involved in the course, giving lectures and further contributions.
There was a total of 17 participants and 12 facilitators, the majority of whom were from francophone Africa, and two from Zimbabwe and Ghana. Four of the francophone facilitators had been participants in a previous groundwater management course which was also organised by AGW-Net last year in Dakar, Senegal. Thus this was a good opportunity to foster the "Training of trainer" effect! Participants came from a range of institutions, including the Centres of Excellence, which ensured that there was an interdisciplinary exchange of learning. They included hydrogeologists, academics, ministry representatives and water utility staff.
The course was very well organised by the host institution, the Global Water Partnership West Africa. Feedback from participants and organisers was very positive. In addition the course had a wide appeal in the region which was demonstrated by the participation of the various ministers (of water, agriculture and environment) during the opening session.
A further course is scheduled for August this year, prior to an AGW-Net Steering Committee Meeting. A third course is planned for January 2011 in Johannesburg.