Project Profile

Research in Africa

Shire ConWat

Duration : July 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019

Transboundary water management is increasingly coordinated by river basin organizations (RBOs), which have traditionally placed focus on surface water. Despite some recent progress toward incorporating attention to groundwater and aquifers into the mandate of RBOs, they generally still remain primarily oriented toward surface water. Focusing on one of the resources separately represents a sub-optimal approach delivering solutions with limited scope and benefits. Failing to consider both surface and groundwater represents a significant lost opportunity, as incorporating diverse water sources into transboundary water management frameworks can expand the range of cost-effective and sustainable solutions for the riparian states. The overarching objective of the project is to contribute to sustainable water management in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), through transboundary cooperation on shared critical water resources. The specific objective of the project is to enhance the capacity in SADC and its member states to manage integrated groundwater and surface water resources, using the Shire River-Aquifer System (shared between Malawi and Mozambique) as a pilot case.

Location(s): Mozambique, Malawi
Project Contact: Villholth, Karen G.
Donor(s): World Bank
Research Collaborator(s) : ARA–Zambeze (Mozambique), Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development (Malawi), Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources (Mozambique), SADC-GMI, Shire River Basin Management Program (Malawi), University of Malawi – the Polytechnic and Chancelor College, University of Strathclyde, ZAMCOM,