Regional training on Groundwater Management for Water Managers:
The Role of Hydrogeological Science
In July 2009, the African Groundwater Network (AGW-Net) in cooperation with SPLASH and Cap-Net hosted a training course entitled "Groundwater management for water managers: A role for hydrogeological science" at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. The purpose of this course was to describe the role of hydrological science in supporting emerging issues and practices in the management of groundwater for non hydrogeologists.
This very successful training course was organized by Professor Tamiru A. Abiye. A total of 13 participants from 10 African countries attended, most of whom were civil engineers and hydrologists, from water ministries and water bureaus. In addition to Professor Abiye and the AGW-Net co-ordinator Richard Owen, two SPLASH partners with backgrounds in hydrogeology (from BGR and GEUS) gave lectures. The course also included discussions and working groups.
It is expected that course participants will disseminate knowledge from this that will lead to common management strategies for groundwater in Africa, where appropriate. It is also planned for SPLASH to support a subsequent workshop in 2010. The format and topic of this will depend on the results of an evaluation of the July training course.
Training course members