New policy brief: Lessons learned from transboundary aquifer cooperation and management in Southern Africa

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) has been implementing the project titled ‘Governance of Groundwater Resources in Transboundary Aquifers’ (GGRETA). There were STAS and RAMOTSWA Lessons Learnedthree phases of the project – Phase 1 (2013–2015), Phase 2 (2016–2019), and the current Phase 3…

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Groundwater could accelerate a food systems transformation in Africa – Findings from an AMCOW event at the UN Food Systems Summit

The United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), as a key global event in 2021, is pivotal to understanding and supporting food systems transformation at local to global scales, and recognizing the dire importance of food security to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is particularly important for…

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African Ministers’ Council on Water webinar on the role of groundwater in advancing Africa’s socioeconomic development

Due to rapid population growth and the impacts of climate change in many African countries, there is increasing focus on the development of groundwater as a reliable and drought-resilient source of water for multiple uses, including urban water supply and sanitation as well as irrigated agriculture. The role of groundwater…

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Developing a national profile and a pilot sustainable management plan for groundwater for the Sekong River Basin in Lao PDR

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) is undergoing rapid development that is heavily reliant on its natural resources, increasingly also groundwater. At present, groundwater is mainly accessed for domestic use and market gardening in lowland areas. However, there is significant scope for expanding groundwater use in high-value economic sectors,…

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The International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance leaves GRIPP

Checking a rainwater harvesting system in Senegal, by IRHA and the Association for the Promotion of Agroforestry and Forestry (APAF) (photo: IRHA/APAF). The International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) is a Swiss-based nongovernmental organization established in 2002. The mandate of IRHA is to promote rainwater harvesting as an effective and sustainable…

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