Hydrogeology Journal

, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 1117–1120 | Cite as

Improving access to southern Africa’s groundwater “grey data”

  • Jude E. CobbingEmail author
  • Jeff Davies


Water availability underpins development, stability and progress in developing regions and this is recognized and adopted in global public-policy-making institutions. Linking water to development is a core principle of Integrated Water Resource Management (UNESCO 2009) and access to clean drinking water was recognized by the United Nations as a human right at its 64th General Assembly Plenary meeting in July 2010. There are also increased global public-policy concerns regarding the impact of climate change, conflict and population growth on water-resource availability in Africa (e.g. AEON 2010; Hunter et al. 2010). Information on water resources, including the historical changes in water use and availability contained in unpublished or difficult-to-access reports, will in future be combined with other information sources or “layers” to produce and refine predictive models of regional stability and prosperity. These models could be used in a range of ways, including...


Developing countries Africa Groundwater management History of hydrogeology 

Améliorer l’accès aux « données grises » sur l’eau souterraine d’Afrique du Sud

Mejoramiento del acceso a los “grey data” (datos de accesibilidad limitada) del agua subterránea en África del Sur


Aperfeiçoamento do acesso aos "dados cinzentos" das águas subterrâneas no sul de África



The Grey Data Project team thanks the German Organisation for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) for funding the work, with support from UKAID as part of European Union agreements. The South African Water Research Commission funded a pilot project, in terms of their mandate to support water-resources research on the African continent, which paved the way for the main project. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) secretariat maintained a close interest in the work. Dr Nick Robins and Mrs Cleo Rose-Innes improved an initial draft of this manuscript. This essay is published by permission of the Director, British Geological Survey.


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© Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SLR South Africa LtdPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.British Geological Survey, Maclean Bldg.WallingfordUK

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