Transboundary Aquifer Map for Africa

Transboundary Aquifer Map for Africa

Africa is heavily reliant on groundwater resources, with an estimated 75% of the population dependent on this resource for basic water supplies.  The demand for the groundwater in Africa is set to rise, as a result of population growth, climate change and growing food insecurity. Only recently has management of transboundary aquifers-- groundwater reserves shared across borders -- been recognized as a central component of water governance.

IWMI scientists have developed a map and inventory that shows the presently known transboundary aquifers in Africa. The map includes 80 aquifers and aquifer systems superimposed on 63 international river basins.