New Report: Improving the management of groundwater-dependent ecosystems

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), one of GRIPP’s partners, has recently published a guidance document for identifying and considering groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs) when preparing groundwater sustainability plans under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The guidance provides a systematic 5-step approach to identify GDEs, determine whether potential effects on GDEs…

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Floods are turned into livelihoods – The MetaMeta-led network on flood-based livelihood systems

Spate irrigation is one type of flood-based livelihood systems where short duration predictable floods are diverted, distributed and managed from seasonal or ephemeral rivers (sometimes called wadis). The region of present-day Yemen is generally considered the first in the world to practice flood-based farming, dating back thousands of years. The…

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IAH: 2017 News at a Glance

The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), a key Core Partner in the GRIPP Platform, recorded a number of achievements in 2017 that overall helps advance the GRIPP Mission. At the end of 2017, its membership once again exceeded 4100, with members in 133 countries and 46 national chapters. IAH has…

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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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New book: Hydrogeology of the Dry Zone, Central Myanmar, published after 30 years

In the late 1970s, the Australian Government’s Aid Agency and Myanmar’s Rural Water Supply Division (RWSP) of the Agricultural Mechanisation Department (AMD) were conducting a Groundwater Resource Assessment for the Central Dry Zone of Myanmar. The study was extremely comprehensive—covering over 50,000km2 and serving about a quarter of Myanmar’s population.…

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Dr. Kerstin Danert (Skat Foundation) awarded the 2017 IAH Distinguished Associate Award

Dr. Kerstin Danert of the Skat Foundation, a GRIPP partner, was recently given the 2017 International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Distinguished Associate Award. The award was granted for her outstanding contribution to the understanding, development, management and protection of groundwater resources internationally. Profiled this month in the International Association of Hydrogeologists,…

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GRIPP emphasizes groundwater topics at the 8th Water Research Horizon Conference in Hamburg, Germany

Partners in the Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP) contributed to the 8th Water Research Horizon Conference (WRHC-8) which was held in Hamburg, Germany, on September 19-20, 2017. They also organized an Open Space Workshop (OSW) on challenges for international groundwater research for development. The WRHC is organized…

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Invisible treasures – Groundwater for Africa

This piece is from an original coverage  in October 2017, in German, in the magazine Africa Wirtschaft (Africa Economy).  Reliable access to water is still a problem in Africa. The Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP), a group of 30 international partners, is committed to providing greater security of supply and sustainable management. The focus: groundwater.  Africa’s economy is growing. Technical developments,…

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