GRIPP enthusiastically welcomes the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany, British Geological Survey (BGS), UK, Global Environmental Facility (GEF), World Bank, and UNESCO-IHP as new collaborating partners.
We are excited to announce two new GRIPP Associate Partners, the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR). Both geological surveys work extensively on earth sciences, geology, hydrogeology and groundwater around the globe. These partners will serve as platforms for contributing expertise, and for accessing, interpreting and sharing reliable groundwater-related data and information in order to responsibly manage natural resources (including groundwater) and environmental change.
“BGR is happy to join a global team of institutions dedicated to making our hidden assets more visible and providing a voice for better governance, management and protection of groundwater resources globally and at regional levels,” says Prof. Dr. Thomas Himmelsbach, the new Head of the Groundwater and Soil Science Department at BGR. He continues: “We hope to contribute from our vast experiences in many parts of the world our share of solutions and practices to this important global initiative.”
The Daugherty Water for Food Institute – University of Nebraska (DWFI), with whom IWMI works extensively, has recently become a Core Group Partner. One of DWFI’s four subject focus areas is improving groundwater management for agricultural production, with an emphasis on understanding the relationship between humans and nature. By engaging in scientific and policy research, education, and communication, the foundational pillars of DWFI will coincide well with GRIPP’s mission to secure groundwater for future generations.
UNESCO-IHP has joined GRIPP with a view to develop collaborative work, which is already happening in relation to reporting and documenting work under the IAH Commission on Managed Aquifer Recharge. More will be announced on this as work progresses.