At the launch of the SADC Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) many member states indicated that access to hydrogeological maps is one of the priorities. Therefore SADC-GMI took the initiative to revive access to the results from the SADC Hydrogeological Mapping Project. The SADC Groundwater Information Portal (SADC-GIP) is now available on-line and gives access to the harmonised hydrogeological map for the SADC region, borehole data and associated information.
The SADC Groundwater Information Portal (SADC-GIP) is a map-based information system providing access to the harmonised SADC Hydrogeological Map and Atlas. The map and atlas were developed in 2010 under the SADC Regional Groundwater Management Programme to provide an overview of the groundwater resources in the SADC region. The original web viewer became dysfunctional, and with the SADC-GIP this important groundwater information is revived again. The portal also gives access to other groundwater relevant maps like the WHYMAP Global Groundwater Vulnerability Map to Floods and Droughts and IGRAC's Map of Transboundary Aquifers of the World.
The portal is set up as a service to professionals, scientists and other stakeholders in SADC member states who are involved in groundwater management, groundwater development and research on groundwater or related fields. Users can browse maps and underlying data online and can create overlays of different maps to create new insights. Maps and data can also be downloaded for further analyses off-line.
Role of IGRAC
IGRAC was commissioned by SADC Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) to develop and maintain the SADC Groundwater Information Portal.
The SADC Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) has initiated a project to expand the SADC Groundwater Information Portal (SADC-GIP) and make it a one-stop centre for accessing groundwater data in the SADC region.