In recognition of the strategic importance of groundwater in Africa, AMCOW launched a Pan-African Groundwater Program (APAGroP) in October 2019, having the following vision:
“Through improved policy and practice, groundwater is used sustainably and equitably, increasing water and food security and resilience supporting improved lives and livelihoods in Africa.”
APAGroP works across three main thematic pillars, as depicted below:
Main APAGroP goals and outcomes are:
1) Increased awareness and political commitment to groundwater, with better representation of groundwater in water policies and major water-focused programs at various levels across the continent.
2) Continental cooperation, knowledge sharing and collective action between Member States and partners to establish a pan-African community of best practice on groundwater.
3) Efficient linkages between the research community, practitioners and policymakers to promote evidence-based decision making on groundwater-related issues.
4) Strengthened institutional and individual capacity to improve groundwater use, management and governance.
AMCOW is currently in the process of developing a new strategic programme on Groundwater for Africa.
For more information, click the link below for APAGroP Background Paper: https://knowledgehub.amcow-online.org/resource/apagrop-background-paper-2021