Training Workshop, Protea hotel, Mahikeng, South Africa, 12 – 16 September 2016,
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in collaboration with XRI-Blue, International Groundwater Assessment Centre (IGRAC), the Government of Botswana and the Government of South Africa hosted a 5 day workshop, at the Protea hotel in Mahikeng, from 12 – 16 September 2016. The training was part of an ongoing USAID-funded Ramotswa Transboundary Project (The potential Role of the Transboundary Ramotswa Aquifer). The project facilitates management and better groundwater governance in Botswana and South Africa for improved water security and livelihoods. The aim of the training was to increase the capacity of the project team and stakeholders in geophysics interpretation with a particular focus on the Airborne Electro-Magnetic (AEM) method, institutional capacity self-assessment for transboundary groundwater management, mapping of environment and livelihoods into the Information Management System, and collaborative development of a groundwater Strategic Action Plan (SAP). The training also provided XRI-Blue representatives with an opportunity to present the report of the AEM survey that was conducted in February 2016. The survey contributed to the study of the Ramotswa subsurface aquifer material properties that will feed into work on understanding the aquifer for improved management. Click the link to read the full story.