Groundwater is an essential livelihood mechanism across the riparian states (South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique) which together form the Limpopo River Basin (LRB). This is especially pressing in the context of declining access to surface water resources and the importance of groundwater will only increase as climate change impacts worsen. Despite its significance across the four countries, there are still major gaps within the region’s groundwater management knowledge base, which often leads to inefficient and ineffective resource utilisation.
In February 2018 the Limpopo Watercourse Commission (LIMCOM) established the LIMCOM Groundwater Committee (LGC), which has since, in its function as a cooperation mechanism focusing on groundwater resources development and management, resolved that a groundwater strategy for the LRB is required. In line with this, OneWorld has been contracted to develop a comprehensive Stakeholder Register and Groundwater Strategy for the LRB. The strategy itself is expected to cover several thematic areas:
- Capacity-building initiatives for the LGC and stakeholders
- Knowledge generation (through research) and management for the LRB
- Groundwater Data Collection and Management, including the development/integration of groundwater management information and decision support systems
- Creating enabling Policy, Legal and Institutional frameworks for national and transboundary groundwater management in the LRB and
- Any other themes identified during the consultation process critical for sustainable groundwater management in the LRB.