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Transboundary aquifers (TBAs) are aquifers that underlie more than one country or political region.
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[[Africa Groundwater Atlas Home | Africa Groundwater Atlas]] >> [[Additional resources | Resource pages]] >> Transboundary Aquifers
  
Management of TBA resources is therefore dependent on cooperation between countries and it is important that they are well understood to ensure they are exploited in a sustainable way.  
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  Please cite page as: Africa Groundwater Atlas. 2019. Transboundary Aquifers. British Geological Survey. Accessed [date you accessed the information]. ''Weblink''.
  
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The Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management (ISARM) Initiative is being led by UNESCO and the IAH. The aim of this initiative is to improve the understanding of scientific, socio-economic, legal, and environmental issues related to the management of TBAs. The [http://www.isarm.org/ ISARM portal], which is being developed and maintained by IGRAC, provides further information on TBAs at a global scale
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==Transboundary Aquifers==
  
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Transboundary aquifers (TBAs) are aquifers that underlie more than one country or political region. Management of TBA resources is therefore dependent on cooperation between countries and it is important that they are well understood to ensure they are exploited in a sustainable way.
  
The Transboundary Water Assessment Programme (TWAP) is a two year project aimed at providing a global baseline assessment of transboundary water systems, of which TBAs are a key component.
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===IGRAC===
  
Further information about the [http://www.isarm.org/publications/467 TWAP] is available through the ISARM portal.
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As a United Nations Centre, the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) is taking a global lead on assessing and providing information on transboundary aquifers. There are many initiatives looking at various aspects of transboundary groundwater, including global baseline assessments and more detailed regional or aquifer assessments. Further information can be found on the [http://www.un-igrac.org/areas-expertise/transboundary-groundwaters '''Transboundary Groundwaters'''] section of IGRAC's website.  
  
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As part of their work on transboundary aquifers, IGRAC have led the production and publication of a map of  [https://ggis.un-igrac.org/ggis-viewer/viewer/tbamap/public/default '''Transboundary Aquifers of the World'''].
  
A global map of TBAs can also be downloaded from [http://www.un-igrac.org/publications/532 IGRAC]
 
  
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===Selected transboundary Aquifer projects===
  
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) have produced a map of transboundary aquifers and river basins in Africa. Details of this map are provided in a report which is downloadable as  PDF from [http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/Publications/Other/PDF/transboundary_aquifer_mapping_and_management_in_africa.pdf IWMI)
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====[http://conjunctivecooperation.iwmi.org/ Conjunctive Water Management for Food Security and Resilience]====
  
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This overall project is a knowledge sharing platform by [http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/ IWMI], which seeks to capture and disseminate highlights of the increasing knowledge base emerging from work on transboundary river-aquifer systems in the SADC region. Most focus is on three aquifer systems:
  
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* the [http://conjunctivecooperation.iwmi.org/systems/ramotswa-ngotwane-system/ '''Ramotswa-Ngotwane System''']. Some outputs from the Ramotswa project can be viewed in the online [https://apps.geodan.nl/igrac/ggis-viewer/viewer/ramotswa/public/default '''Ramotswa project map portal'''] hosted by [https://www.un-igrac.org/ IGRAC]. More outputs can be found on the project website [http://conjunctivecooperation.iwmi.org/systems/ramotswa-ngotwane-system/reports-and-publications/ '''Reports and Publications'''].
  
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* The [http://sadc-gmi.org/shire-river/ ShireConWat] project (Conjunctive Water Resources Management in the Shire River - Aquifer System). The Shire Aquifer and River Basin System is shared between Malawi and Mozambique. This was run by [http://sadc-gmi.org/ SADC-GMI] as the client and [http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/ IWMI] as the consultant. Read [http://gripp.iwmi.org/2019/07/04/sadc-member-states-of-malawi-and-mozambique-united-in-commitment-to-transboundary-conjunctive-water-management/ a summary of the project] - at this link you can also access draft versions of these project outputs: a transboundary diagnostic (TDA) to address the issue of system and resource assessment, and a strategic action plan (SAP) to develop the project's vision and prioritise actions to achieve it.
[[Overview of Africa Groundwater Atlas | Africa Groundwater Atlas]] >> [[Additional resources | Additional resources]] >> Transboundary aquifers
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* The [http://conjunctivecooperation.iwmi.org/tuli-karoo-upper-limpopo-system/ '''Tuli Karoo-Upper Limpopo System'''].
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===Selected other publications===
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Scheumann W and Herrfahrdt-Pähle E (Eds.) 2008. [https://www.die-gdi.de/uploads/media/Studie_32.pdf Conceptualizing cooperation on Africa’s transboundary groundwater resources]. German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn.
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Africa Groundwater Atlas >> Resource pages >> Transboundary Aquifers

  Please cite page as: Africa Groundwater Atlas. 2019. Transboundary Aquifers. British Geological Survey. Accessed [date you accessed the information]. Weblink.
  This page is still in development. Please check back soon for more content. 

Transboundary Aquifers

Transboundary aquifers (TBAs) are aquifers that underlie more than one country or political region. Management of TBA resources is therefore dependent on cooperation between countries and it is important that they are well understood to ensure they are exploited in a sustainable way.

IGRAC

As a United Nations Centre, the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) is taking a global lead on assessing and providing information on transboundary aquifers. There are many initiatives looking at various aspects of transboundary groundwater, including global baseline assessments and more detailed regional or aquifer assessments. Further information can be found on the Transboundary Groundwaters section of IGRAC's website.

As part of their work on transboundary aquifers, IGRAC have led the production and publication of a map of Transboundary Aquifers of the World.


Selected transboundary Aquifer projects

Conjunctive Water Management for Food Security and Resilience

This overall project is a knowledge sharing platform by IWMI, which seeks to capture and disseminate highlights of the increasing knowledge base emerging from work on transboundary river-aquifer systems in the SADC region. Most focus is on three aquifer systems:

  • The ShireConWat project (Conjunctive Water Resources Management in the Shire River - Aquifer System). The Shire Aquifer and River Basin System is shared between Malawi and Mozambique. This was run by SADC-GMI as the client and IWMI as the consultant. Read a summary of the project - at this link you can also access draft versions of these project outputs: a transboundary diagnostic (TDA) to address the issue of system and resource assessment, and a strategic action plan (SAP) to develop the project's vision and prioritise actions to achieve it.

Selected other publications

Scheumann W and Herrfahrdt-Pähle E (Eds.) 2008. Conceptualizing cooperation on Africa’s transboundary groundwater resources. German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn.

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