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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African Ministers’ Council on Water reaches out to co-develop and consolidate its Pan-African groundwater program

The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) convened several meetings focused on its Pan-African Groundwater Program (APAGroP) during and prior to the 20th African Water Association (AfWA) International Congress and Exhibition (ICE) on February 24-27, 2020, in Kampala, Uganda. The aim of the meetings was to highlight the critical role…

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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 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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