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Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer System (STAS) Projects

Documentation:

A read-only folder structure of all reports, data, and models related to the STAS can be accessed from here:
http://wis.orasecom.org/content/study/UNESCO/STAS/

Links to relevant reports and data will be available through the related articles listed at the end of this brief introduction.

Background

The Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer System (STAS) stretches from Central Namibia into Western Botswana and South Africa’s Northern Cape Province and lies entirely within the Orange-Senqu River Basin (Figure 1). The STAS covers a total area of around 87 000 km², of which 73% is in Namibia, 19% in Botswana, and 8% in South Africa.


Figure 1: Extent of the Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer System

With financial assistance from the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC), and with the technical assistance of UNESCO-IHP, the STAS countries have been actively cooperating in the in-depth assessment of the aquifer and its characteristics since 2013, through the Governance of Groundwater Resources in Transboundary Aquifers (GGRETA) project.

The first phase of the project (2013-2015) focused on an in-depth assessment of the STAS which allowed establishing a shared science-based understanding of the resource. The activities of the second phase of the project (2016-2018) have focused on consolidating the technical results achieved and the tools developed in the first phase, and on strengthening capacity on groundwater governance at the national and transboundary levels in order to support the process of the establishment of a Multi-Country Cooperation Mechanism (MCCM) for the governance and management of the STAS.

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