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About Us

The SADC Hydrological Cycle Observing System (SADC-HYCOS) project is a regional component of the World Meteorological Organisation(WMO) programme aimed at contributing to regional social-economic development through the provision of management tools necessary for sustainable and cost effective water resources development, management and environmental protection.


The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is in the process of implementing the SADC Hydrological Cycle Observing System (SADC-HYCOS), a project within the SADC Regional Strategic Action Plan on integrated Water Resources Management (RSAP-IWRM). The project aim is to foster greater regional co-operation in integrated water resources management. In particular, the project is aimed at enhancing hydro-meteorological monitoring, development and operation of an integrated regional water resources database and website, capacity building within the Region and the development of hydrological products.

Our Mission

The Southern African Development Community Hydrological Cycle Observing System (SADC-HYCOS)  is a regional component of the World Meterological Organisation (WMO) programme aimed at improving the basic observation activities, strengthening regional cooperation and promoting free exchange of data in the field of hydrology. The programme is guided by the World Hydrological Observing System (WHYCOS) International Advisory Group (WIAG). Our mission is therefore to ensure that participating countries, individually and collectively, attain the technical capability, effective management and equitable use of the freshwater resources of the sub-region and to establish a Water Resources Information System as an effective decision making tool.

Our Objectives

Executive Entities

In terms of the international Memorundum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of South Africa and SADC, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) in South Africa has been appointed as Implementing Agency for phase 2 of the Project. The MOU is based on the official Project Document.

The Project Management Unit (PMU) is a dedicated structure for the implementation of the Project, and acts as the focal point to co-ordinate the project plans and activities as mandated by the Project Steering Committee.The Project Management Unit (PMU) is headed by a Project Manager and is assisted by a Project Hydrologist, a Data Technologist and a Project Assistant.

The Directorate of Hydrological Services within the Department of Water Affairs & Forestry (DWAF) hosts the Project Regional Centre (PRC). The PRC is responsible for the reception of data transmitted from the DCPs in the field via METEOSAT, the archiving thereof and provision of technical training and support to the Project.

Co-operating Partners

The Project is Donor funded with finance agreements in support of the water sector in place between the Royal Netherlands Government and SADC as well as an agreement between the European Union (EU) and the Government of South Africa. Technical Assistance is provided by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and SADC-HYCOS is a component of the WMO's larger World HYCOS (WHYCOS) programme.