» New Gender & Water Transboundary Team has been activated for the Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer
18.11.2016 - Natural Sciences Sector

New Gender & Water Transboundary Team has been activated for the Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer

Presentation of technical paper on sex-disaggregated indicators

A new Gender & Water Transboundary Team will conduct a gender analysis of selected water data and indicators, using a methodology that was developped by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), for the Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer shared among Botwana, Namibia and South Africa. The team was activated during a regional meeting on tools for the sustainable management of transboundary Aquifers, organized in South Africa in the framework of the Groundwater Resources Governance in Transboundary Aquifers project (GGRETA), led by UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme (IHP).

Michela Miletto, WWAP Deputy Coordinator, and Elena Belcore, Gender Junior Officer, participated in the 'Second Regional Meeting on Tools for the Sustainable Management of Transboundary Aquifers' in Johannesburg, South Africa. The meeting focused on two transboundary aquifers of Southern Africa: the Stampriet transboundary aquifer system (STAS), shared among Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, and the Ramotswa transboundary aquifer, shared between Botswana and South Africa.

The regional meeting was convened in the framework of the GGRETA project on the STAS, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and led by UNESCO-IHP, and of the Ramotswa Aquifer Project led by IWMI. Both projects have moved into the second phase and the meeting aimed to take stock of progress and next steps. It also provided training on legal and institutional tools and approaches to management of transboundary aquifers such as international water law (including its linkages and interaction with domestic water legislation), institutional capacity, and conjunctive management. WWAP introduced the trainings on sex-disaggregated water data, and presented the Toolkit on water & gender and its application protocol, which has been tailored on the GGRETA region to ensure effective data collection.

WWAP had a side-meeting with the Gender Focal Points of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, the three countries that share the Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer System, to discuss joint actions and the work-plan to be developed in 2017 in the II phase of the GGRETA project. The new “Gender & Water Transboundary Team” (GWTT) will start working on a gender analysis of selected water data and indicators based on WWAP methodology.




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