Final Coordination Meeting of project RAF/7/011 Integrated and Sustainable Management of Shared Aquifer Systems and Basins of the Sahel Region, 28 November - 2 December 2016, Accra, Ghana. View report of meeting here.
July 2015 - December 2015
(i) Meeting to assess the progress in the Liptako-Gourma –Upper Volta Basin.
(ii) Meeting to assess the progress in the Taodueni Basin.
(iii) Regional Training Workshop on Pollution and Salinization of Groundwater.
(iv) Advanced Regional training course on Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Expert mission on the interpretation of hydro-chemical/isotopic data and evaluation progress of national activities involving countries sharing the Iullemeden Aquifer to take place Cotonou, Benin, 08–12 December 2014
Expert mission on the interpretation of hydro-chemical/isotopic data and evaluation progress of national activities involving countries sharing the Taoudeni Basin to take place Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 1–5 December 2014
Expert mission on the interpretation of hydro-chemical/isotopic data and evaluation progress of national activities involving countries sharing the Chad Basin to take place N'Djamena, Chad, 24–28 November 2014
Expert mission on the interpretation of hydro-chemical/isotopic data and evaluation progress of national activities involving countries sharing the Liptako-Gourma-Upper Volta System to take place in Lome, Togo, 17-21 November 2014
Expert mission on the interpretation of hydro-chemical/isotopic data and evaluation progress of national activities involving countries sharing the Senegalo-Mauritanian Basin to take place Dakar, Senegal, 10-14 November 2014
Expert mission to support carrying out first sampling campaign to take place in Togo, 6-10 October 2014
Regional Training Course on Geographic Information System (GIS) for French and English speakers of participating countries, Vienna, Austria, 1-5 September 2014
Regional Training Course on Hydrochemistry and Groundwater Dating for French and English speakers of participating countries took place in Doula, Cameroon from 16 to 27 June 2014. The course provided the participants with a foundation of knowledge needed to resolve hydrogeological problems and to establish the theoretical basis for more elaborated hydrochemical models in groundwater. It also familiarized the participants with existing sampling and measurement methods for groundwater dating over a wide range of timescales, and showed various techniques for the interpretation of isotope data, highlighting their advantages and disadvantages in resolving hydrogeological problems.
The First Coordination Meeting of the Sahel Project took place at the IAEA from 5 to 8 May 2014. During the meeting, discussions involved the national progress of activities, advancements at the level of transboundary aquifers and the adjustment of work plans. The meeting has been an excellent opportunity for national counterparts to share experiences and meet the technical officers, international experts, joint authorities and partner organizations. As well as, to coordinate transboundary sampling activities, discuss the importance of sharing available hydrologic data and synergize efforts. Attendees included the Liptako-Gourma Authority, Volta Basin Authority, Niger Basin Authority, Lake Chad Basin Authority, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) and UNESCO. View presentations
Technical Advisory Missions (3) to support Member States in carrying out a sampling campaign for isotopes, January 2014. Missions will be hosted by the following countries: Chad, Mauritania and Senegal.
First Technical Assistance Mission for planning and conducting fieldwork and other activities in a coordinated manner, 20-24 January 2014. Mission will be hosted by Togo.
Regional Training Course on Isotope Hydrology Methods in Water Resources Assessment and Management for 11 French speaking
countries, Algiers, Algeria, 2-13 December 2013. The course introduced participants in the use of isotope techniques and in solving hydrogeological problems. Topics were focused on environmental tracers, with emphasis on groundwater in both porous and fractured media.
Regional Training Course on Isotope Hydrology Methods in Water Resources Assessment and Management for 2 English speaking countries, Accra, Ghana, 25 November– 6 December 2013. The course introduced participants in the use of isotope techniques and in solving hydrogeological problems. Topics were focused on environmental tracers, with emphasis on groundwater in both porous and fractured media.
Joint Outreach Mission to Burkina Faso and Ghana for photographic/video coverage of national (local and field) activities being implemented related to the distribution, accessibility and availability of water, 19-28 August 2013
First set of advisory missions (6) in the region to support aquifer-wide coordinated activities and to guide the design of national activities, including a fieldwork plan and sampling plan for 2013–2014, April-May 2013.
Missions were hosted by the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Niger and Senegal.
Training of 4 national experts on the operation of laser isotope equipment, sample preparation, maintenance and troubleshooting, 22-26 April 2013, Vienna, Austria. The training covered a general explanation on the installation and operation of a laser isotope instrument, the measurement of a series of samples, post-processing, maintenance and troubleshooting.
Project Kick-off Meeting with national counterparts and experts from participating Member States, technical officers, and potential partners and collaborators, 16-20 July 2012, Vienna, Austria.
During this meeting national counterparts and experts from participating Member States made presentations, highlighting the need to better understand the selected aquifer systems and basins in their geographical areas. These presentations were followed by discussions focusing on previous and ongoing studies/projects implemented in their countries, current gaps related to data and information on specific aquifer systems and basins, including the needs to be considered under this project. Furthermore, the Member State delegations were divided into four working groups by aquifer systems, and with support of technical officers elements of the project plan were refined. View presentations.
Task Force Meeting and High Level Consultative Meeting with regional and interregional partners for the integrated and sustainable management of shared aquifer systems and basins of the Sahel region, 5-9 March 2012, Bamako, Mali.
The Task Force Meeting for project formulation took place from 5 to 8 March 2012 and involved designated national counterparts and national experts. The High-level Consultative Meeting took place the 9 March 2012 and brought together Vice-Ministers and Permanent Secretaries from the Ministries of Water Resources of the participating Member States. Representatives of international institutions also participated in the meeting namely the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), UNDP-GEF, West African Development Bank (BOAD), Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the International Water Management Institute (INWMI).