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OSS shares expertise on cooperation of transboundary aquifers in Africa at UNESCO Regional Meeting

OSS shares expertise on cooperation of transboundary aquifers in Africa at UNESCO Regional Meeting
5-8 September 2017,  El Mouradi Hotel , Gammarth, Tunisia

Experts from the OSS Water Program will participate from 5 to 8 September 2017 at the El Mouradi Hotel in Gammarth, Tunisia, at the Regional Meeting on Cooperation of Transboundary Aquifers in Africa, in particular in Southern Africa, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The objective of this meeting is to share the experiences of the various stakeholders concerned in the establishment of transboundary aquifer governance mechanisms to consolidate the administration of the Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer System (STAS) and facilitate the integration of the multi-country cooperation mechanism in the framework of the Orange-Senqu River Commission (ORASECOM). Representatives of the relevant ministries of South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia, as well as STAS and ORASECOM staff, will benefit from the OSS expertise in setting up consultation mechanisms between the countries sharing their aquifers and the basin organizations in the Sahara and Sahel region. The representatives of Algeria, Libya and Tunisia will share their experience on the project for the concerted management of the Aquifer System of the Northern Sahara (SASS), carried out by the OSS with the support of the SDC Switzerland, the FGEF (France), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) / United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), UNESCO and BMZ. Specialists from the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), the International Water Law Association (AIDA) and the Italian University of Sant'Anna University will also contribute to identifying best practices for concerted and sustainable systems management transboundary aquifers in Southern Africa.

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