WINDHOEK-- A workshop aimed at discussing groundwater management in northern Namibia, the geological evolution of northern Namibia and the Ohangwena groundwater system and its implications on water supply was held in the capital, Windhoek, Tuesday.

Addressing the one-day Cubango Megafan Core Drilling workshop, the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Abraham Nehemia, emphasized the tremendous amount of work which has been carried out under the project.

According to Nehemia, the projects led to the discovery of the very important and strategic Ohangwena II aquifer, which was discovered by a team of Namibian and German geologists in 2015. The discovery is extremely significant for Namibia, the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa.

The team of geologists reportedly cut a continuous core in the centre of huge sedimentary fan, known as the Cubango Megafan, which was done with the aim of understanding the geological setting of the Ohangwena groundwater system.

"We are all aware of the water scarcity in semi-arid Namibia; rainfall is variable and unreliable and droughts and floods are frequent, particularly in the northern regions of the country," Nehemia noted.

He added that the aquifer in Ohangwena is therefore a valuable resource to the Namibian people, as it ensures water security provided that it is properly managed.

Moreover, hey added, hydro-geologists will now be able to draw conclusions about the production capacity of the aquifer, as its utilisation carries on.

The co-operation is between the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources and the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, the Namibia Water Corporation and University of Namibia under the framework of German Namibian Technical co-operation.