As the Winter Course students wrapped up their final reports, five young water researchers from the SADC region arrived at HOORC to begin an eight week course about land and water interactions. The course, sponsored by Waternet, has begun with an introduction to remote sensing and GIS techniques.
Waternet was begun in May 1997 by the SADC-EU conference on the Management of Shared River basins in Maseru, Lesotho, where ministers of water from Southern Africa and Europe emphasized the need to ‘level the playing field’ between riparian countries and to develop capacity building programmes in order to achieve this goal. After extensive consultations in the region, eighteen institutions founded WaterNet in March 2000. HOORC and the Dept. of Geology, University of Botswana are members.