Namibia Groundwater Projects
Major groundwater projects in Namibia
Major groundwater projects in Namibia include the following:
The BGR (the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources) has been involved in a number of groundwater projects in Namibia, in cooperation with Namibian government institutions:
Groundwater in the North of Namibia (Cuvelai-Etosha Basin)
BGR was involved in groundwater projects in the Cuvelai-Etosha transboundary basin in the north of Namibia, in cooperation with the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF). These ran from 2009 to 2015.
The Groundwater for the North of Namibia project provided hydrogeological baseline information to improve understanding of the groundwater potential in the Cuvelai-Etosha basin in this part of Nambia, and introduce groundwater management procedures.
The Kalahari: Hydrogeology and Sedimentology of the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin project, also called the 'Kalahari Sediments' project, specifically investigated the paleoclimatological influence of the genesis of the sediments that make up the Cuvelai-Etosha basin aquifer in this part of Namibia. New boreholes were drilled and tested to investigate the groundwater resource.
Outputs from the project can be found on the project websites (links above).
The Hydrogeological Mapping Project (HYMNAM)
The Hydrogeological Mapping Project was carried out by BGR in partnership with the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development, the Geological Survey of Namibia (GSN) of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, and Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater). The project ran from 1999 to 2001 and produced a 1:1 million scale digital hydrogeological map of Namibia and accompanying explanation in the book 'Groundwater in Namibia'. This report can be downloaded from the project website at the link above, and the map is shown in the Hydrogeology of Namibia page.
Groundwater Investigations in Oshivelo, Eastern Caprivi and Omaheke
The Groundwater Investigations in Oshivelo, Eastern Caprivi and Omaheke project ran from 2002 to 2005, carried out by BGR in partnership with the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) within the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF). The project investigated groundwater resources in three areas in the north and northeast of Namibia. Project outputs can be found on the project website.