The ultimate goal of the Unesco Chair scheme is to establish a centre for groundwater education and research at UWC for benefit of South Africa, SADC and the African continent, to assist DWAF with implementation of the new water legislation and share expertise with the rest of the Africa continent.
The staff of the UNESCO Chair Scheme:
Prof. Yongxin Xu Chair Holder and Professor of Hydrogeology
Prof. Eberhard Braune Extraordinary Professor of Water Resource Management
Prof. Lincoln Raitt Plant Ecophysiologist, Department of Biodiversity & Conservation Biology (BCB)
Mr. Jaco Nel Academic Assistant in Water & Environmental sciences
Mr Henok G Solomon UNESCO Chair Training Deaprtment Coordinator
Dr. Shafiek Adams Research Manager at the Water Research Commission (WRC)
Prof. Nebo Jovanovic Principal Researcher at CSIR
Mr. Theo Scheepers Senior Lecturer of Geomorphology, UWC
Dr. Edmund Pool Water Toxicologist, UWC
Dr. Lixiang Lin Chief Scientist at CGS
Prof. Kader Asmal MP, Former Minister of Water Affairs & Forestry, South Africa
Prof. Brian O'Connell Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape
Regular liaison with DWAF is functional at both national and regional levels, through Prof. E Braune and Mr. M Smart. Recently signed MOU between DWAF (Information Management Chief Directorate) and UWC (Groundwater Group) is another milestone for a close collaboration.
Networking within groundwater communities in South Africa and overseas is formulated through MOUs with the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; the Chengdu University of Technology, China, and the Council of Science and Industrial Research (CSIR), etc.
Groundwater programme at UWC already becomes one of few largest programmes in South Africa.
The Groundwater Group was requested by UNEP to provide a training programme for water scientists in Africa through the MOU between the Goup and UNEP signed on Sept 28, 2004.
"Groundwater Research" under the leadership of Prof. Y Xu at the Dept of Earth Sciences has been identified as a niche area for UWC, we believe that the following topics should be focused on:
Fractured rock aquifers
Protection of groundwater resources
Interaction between groundwater and surface water bodies
Social economical values of water resources
Integrated management of water resources
Funding agencies available for UNESCO Chair's and their Networks
Following important organizations are available for benefit of the Chairs network:
Following projects are available at UWC
Following projects are available:
Groundwater Group at UWC has been selected to participate the UNESCO network project entitled "The application of the remote sensing for integrated management of ecosystems and water resources in Africa". The duration of the initial phase is about 2 years.