Following our visit to Centre Regional AGRHYMET the EO4SD team continued the African user consultations with back-to-back workshops in Djibouti and Lusaka from 20th to 30th of September. In Djibouti, the team met with key stakeholders to the Regional Groundwater Initiative (RGI) on Africa Horn including World Bank, The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), and Centre de Recherche et des Etudes de Djibouti (CERD). The discussion and consolidation of the EO demonstrations for Africa Horn concerned how EO can support and improve ongoing modelling efforts on water resources, provide decision makers with region-wide maps on groundwater drought vulnerability and finally as a tool to guide investments on groundwater related infrastructure.
In Lusaka, the team joined the annual Zambezi Basin-wide Stakeholder Forum and subsequent review meetings on the Zambezi Basin Strategic Plan (ZSP) and the ZAMWIS Decision Support System (DSS) before having our own EO4SD review meeting. In Zambezi, the EO demonstrations will focus on support to key basin issues such as ensuring food and energy security through investments in irrigation and hydropower as well through improved flood management and mitigation. The meeting in Lusaka was rounded off with a first training workshop for ZAMCOM and members from all of the riparian states (i.e. Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe). Among the participants were also representatives from University of Zambia and the private sector.