The Mekong Delta region aims to increase transboundary aquifer cooperation through a new multi-partner project

The Mekong River Basin is enormous, covering 790,000 km2. The traditional focus has been on surface water resources, with a legacy of international diplomacy around infrastructure development and finding best options to harvest and harness the critical ecosystem services and surface water resources for the six countries sharing the Mekong…

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Base Rock of Resilience – Groundwater webinar series at virtual World Water Week 2020

The Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP), coordinated by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), hosted a webinar series together with the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), the University of Victoria (UVic) and several co-convening partners at this…

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UPGro program closes with a significant video and cross-disciplinary knowledge dissemination

Unlocking the Potential of Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro) was a seven-year international research program (2013–2020) funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Nearly 200 of the world’s best researchers from more than 50…

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Offshore aquifers: Freshwater’s final frontier

Offshore freshwater aquifers (OFAs) were first discovered in the mid-1970s off the northeast coast of the USA, but their existence remained relatively unknown until the early twenty-first century. An article in the journal Nature in 2013 – Offshore fresh groundwater reserves as a global phenomenon – kick-started widespread attention in…

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African Ministers’ Council on Water embraces groundwater as a key resource for health and socioeconomic development in Africa through a UK-funded Networking Project

“Groundwater is critical to combat coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Africa. Most people, especially in rural areas, depend on it for everything, including the crucial handwashing and cleaning required,” says Paul Orengoh, Program Director, African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), the apex body on water in Africa under the African Union.…

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Joint strategic action plan for the Ramotswa transboundary aquifer area

Cooperative development and management of shared waters is widely recognized for its role in enhancing regional cooperation, water security and resilience. Protocols under the United Nations and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) call for cooperation on transboundary waters. Also, target 6.5 under Goal 6 of the United Nations Sustainable…

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