IGRAC facilitates and promotes world-wide exchange of groundwater knowledge to improve assessment, development and management of groundwater resources.
The idea of an International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) - an initiative of UNESCO and WMO - was first launched at the "Fifth International Conference on Hydrology" in February 1999. In the years after, thorough discussions and consultations took place in order to define the scope, role and objectives of IGRAC. By early 2003, IGRAC has operationalised its activities, aiming at benefiting the entire international groundwater community with services on a free-of-charge basis. IGRAC operates under the auspices of WMO and UNESCO (as UNESCO Institute - Category II). Like our in-house partner the UNESCO-IHE, the Centre is based in Delft, The Netherlands.
Mission Statement as defined in the Proposal for the creation of an International Groundwater Resource Assessment Centre (October, 2000):read more »
IGRAC has defined three main fields of activityread more »
The simplest answer is: ‘by everyone for everyone’. IGRAC has been founded to promote the acquisition and processing of groundwater data and to facilitate the exchange of groundwater knowledge...read more »
Groundwater is in most parts of the world an extremely important natural resource, more important than most people realise. In the first place, groundwater is often the primary source for domestic...read more »
In our Global Village the members of the international Groundwater Community should enjoy all the benefits of global collaborative working, enabled by Information Technology and facilitated by IGRAC.read more »