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18th SADC water symposium tackles development of integrated water resources

18th SADC water symposium tackles development of integrated water resources

The 18th SADC Waternet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium is currently underway in Swakopmund and and is set to conclude on Friday.

Themed ‘Integrated Water Resources Development and Management: Innovative Technological Advances for Water Security in Eastern and Southern Africa’, the symposium is being hosted by  the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.

The Symposia has been held annually in the Eastern and Southern African regions for the past 17 years to promote interaction among policy-makers, academics, practitioners from water and related sectors, and cooperating partners.

Together, the countries identify regional issues, gaps and priorities that require further research and support. Great emphasis will be placed on integration of knowledge, particularly involving scholars from the natural and social sciences.

This year, the sub-themes of the symposium have been aligned to those of the SADC Research Agenda under the Regional Strategic Action Plan on Integrated Water Resources Development and
Management Phase IV.

It is intended that researchers identify themes under which their projects fit within the SADC Research Agenda, and thereby contribute to its main objective which is: Promoting evidence-based implementation of SADC water programmes and projects through multi- and inter-disciplinary research, and synthesis of existing and new information, which will lead to a realisation of SADC developmental goals.

Caption: The 17th WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium was held on the 26-28th of October 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana. The theme for Symposium 17 was Integrated Water Resources Management: Water Security, Sustainability & Development in Eastern & Southern Africa.


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