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 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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