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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Transboundary Aquifers Commission special meeting at the 46th IAH Congress in Malaga and call for new Commission

At the end of the term of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Commission on Transboundary Aquifers (IAH-TBA), a special meeting on the ‘Future of Transboundary Aquifers: Research, Management, and Policy Directions’ was convened on September 22, 2019, in Malaga, Spain, as a pre-conference event to the 46th IAH Congress…

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Reaching out for the “last mile”: Safely managed drinking water services for rural populations

During World Water Week 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden, experts from the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), Skat Foundation, the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN), Water Mission and the Institut Géographique du Burundi (IGEBU) discussed how to safely…

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Climate change adaptation and groundwater

Latest edition of the Strategic Overview Series of the International Association of Hydrogeologists Accelerated global warming, resulting primarily from human overdependence on fossil fuels, is a major environmental concern of our times. Even if it can be rapidly curtailed, climate change is widely predicted to have major impacts on water…

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