African Ministers’ Council on Water reaches out to co-develop and consolidate its Pan-African groundwater program

The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) convened several meetings focused on its Pan-African Groundwater Program (APAGroP) during and prior to the 20th African Water Association (AfWA) International Congress and Exhibition (ICE) on February 24-27, 2020, in Kampala, Uganda. The aim of the meetings was to highlight the critical role…

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World Bank releases outcome reports on managing groundwater for drought resilience in South Asia

A farmer in India testing a groundwater dip meter (photo: Ruth Meinzen-Dick).

Drought management and groundwater management are almost synonymous in the South Asia region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), where groundwater is intensely used for drought-proofing water supply and irrigated food production. Already subject to high levels of seasonal and inter-annual variability, South Asia is particularly…

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New report highlights the potential for sustainable groundwater development and governance in Laos

Laos presents an interesting case of a surface water-dependent, developing country that may accelerate progress on a number of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by giving greater priority to the sustainable development of its groundwater resources. This is due to increasing seasonal variability in water availability as a result…

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IWA article highlights the need for policy priorities to confront the boom in private wells in growing cities

The rapid growth in urban population in developing countries along with inadequate coverage and reliability of public utility water supplies has led to a boom in the construction of private wells to gain access to groundwater. Building on previous work, the International Water Association (IWA) Groundwater Management Specialist Group published…

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New publication: Karst water environment: Advances in research, management and policy

Karst aquifers are important sources of water for multiple purposes worldwide. However, these aquifers are also generally complex and heterogeneous systems, with a high degree of vulnerability towards pollution and geotechnical instability. This recent volume – Karst water environment: Advances in research, management and policy – edited by Tamim Younos,…

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Nigerian Minister of Water Resources and national drilling association call for action on groundwater

The Association of Water Well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP), a partner of the Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP), recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) to address the critical situation of groundwater in the country. The ultimate…

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GRIPP: 2019 in review

GRIPP, the Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice, is heading into its fifth year of successful existence. We look back on 2019 through a summary of GRIPP highlights giving prominent news and achievements. We are extremely grateful for the contributions, support and positive feedback we receive from partners and…

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