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Groundwater overview – Making the invisible visible, new UN Report

Globally, invisible groundwater resources are under increasing pressure due to human activities and climate change. Our response to this pressure is often not adequate, also due to limited awareness of the importance of groundwater resources. This Groundwater Overview is prepared by IGRAC (International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre) in cooperation with…

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The North West Dolomite Aquifers, South Africa: A Stalled Opportunity for Water Security and Development

GRIPP Case Profile Series – Issue 3 Abstract The karst dolomite aquifers of the North West Province in South Africa are among the most important in the nation. They serve as key water sources for municipal water supply and irrigation, and are also ecologically important in supplying springs that feed…

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New Book: Advances in Groundwater Governance

Numerous GRIPP partners took part in the writing and editing of a groundbreaking book on groundwater governance. Published by CRC Taylor & Francis this year, the book addresses some of the biggest questions that water managers are facing around the world, and provides evidence-based and state-of-the-art solutions for governance of…

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Controlling groundwater through smart card machines: the case of water quotas and pricing mechanisms in Gansu Province, China

GRIPP Case Profile Series – Issue 2 Abstract The second issue of the GRIPP Case Profile Series documents the use of water quotas and pricing mechanisms in Northwest China to control and manage groundwater. Since the 1970s, this region has experienced intensive groundwater abstraction by smallholder farmers. In 2002, however,…

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Groundwater for irrigation in LAO PDR

New Policy Brief: Groundwater for Irrigation in Lao PDR

The International Water Management Institute, in collaboration with partners from Lao PDR, Thailand and Japan have been working to assess the groundwater resources; identify existing groundwater use in agriculture; develop and test new community-managed groundwater irrigation schemes; and establish the potential for expanded use of groundwater. This, in turn, serves…

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Aquifer contracts: A means to solving groundwater over-exploitation in Morocco?

GRIPP Case Profile Series – Issue 1 Abstract The Moroccan government has used aquifer contracts as a management tool to control groundwater depletion. The first aquifer contract was signed in 2006 for the Souss region as a technical and financial non-binding contract between stakeholders and the government. The contract contemplated…

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