Underground water modeling training targets water shortage in Namibia

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In efforts to build the capacity of water policymakers and foster research collaboration, Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in partnership with UNESCO International Hydrological Programme is hosting a national two-day workshop on gender and groundwater modeling from Feb. 25 to 26 in Windhoek.

Tales Carvalho Resende, a specialist at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme, said the training aims to address the challenge of the harmonization of data and equipping government officials with skills required to foster the provision of water in the country.

Namibia currently faces water shortage, and the management of the country’s rich underground water resources could mitigate the impacts of climate variability, Resende said on Monday.

According to the UN official, participants will unpack new techniques on the management of underground water, including computer models of groundwater flow systems used by hydrogeologists, with the prime aim to construct a numerical model of the aquifer.

Meanwhile, Namibia, Botswana, Angola and South Africa jointly undertook an assessment on underground water over three years, and “Namibia is set to spearhead the Governance of Groundwater Resources in Transboundary Aquifers project,” Resende added. Enditem

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