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IGRAC, Your Partner in Groundwater

IGRAC, Your Partner in Groundwater

IGRAC, the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre, is a UNESCO centre that works under auspices of WMO and is supported by the Government of The Netherlands. IGRAC specialises in regional- and transboundary-level assessment and monitoring of groundwater resources with a focus on managed aquifer recharge, groundwater governance and SIDS.   
 
One of IGRAC’s flagship products is the Global Groundwater Information System (GGIS). It is a web-based Geographic Information System, which supports the storage, visualisation, analysis and sharing of groundwater data and information through map-based modules. The GGIS is a highly interactive system that can easily be enlarged with new thematic and/or regional (project) modules.

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 (1 in 10) still lack access to safe drinking water

 (1 in 10) still lack access to safe drinking water (WHO & UNICEF, 2015)

In Africa, more people have access to a mobile phone (93%) than to piped water (63%)

In Africa, more people have access to a mobile phone (93%) than to piped water (63%) (Afrobarometer, 2016)

Globally, 1/3 of all schools lack access to safe water

Globally, 1/3 of all schools lack access to safe water (WHO & UNICEF, 2015)

Groundwater supplies 1/2 of all drinking water in the world

Groundwater supplies 1/2 of all drinking water in the world (UNESCO-WWAP, 2009)

Groundwater supplies 43% of the global consumptive use

Groundwater supplies 43% of the global consumptive use in irrigation (Siebert et al., 2010)

Two-thirds of the World’s aggregated groundwater is abstracted in Asia

Two-thirds of the World’s groundwater is abstracted in Asia (UN WWDR 2012)

World’s aggregated groundwater abstraction is 1,000 km3 per year

67% of all groundwater is used for irrigation (food production)

67% of all groundwater is used for irrigation (food production)

22% of all groundwater is used for domestic purposes (drinking water and sanitation)

22% of all groundwater is used for domestic purposes (drinking water and sanitation)

11% of all groundwater is used for industry

11% of all groundwater is used for industry

News

Some Participants at the Pelang Stream
Post date: Tue, 06/20/2017 - 14:10
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in collaboration with the IGRAC, the Government of Botswana (Department of Water Affairs - BW) and South Africa (Department of Water and Sanitation - RSA) hosted a four-day inception workshop for the 2nd Phase of the RAMOTSWA Project at the Protea Hotel, Mahikeng, South Africa, June 06-09, 2017.
IGRAC participation at WATERPROOF 2017
Post date: Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:59
On Thursday the 13th of April, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) organized WATERPROOF 2017 at the Fabrique in Maarssen. The objective of this third edition of the event was to inform the Dutch water sector about International Water Ambition (IWA) of the Government and actively involve the sector in its realization, among others through ‘Partners for Water’ programme.
IGRAC participates in expert meeting on UNECE Third Assessment
Post date: Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:18
On 9-10 May 2017, IGRAC participated in the ‘Convention of the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes Expert Group on Transboundary Assessment’, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland.
IGRAC’s Groundwater Serious Game at Kenya-RAPID project
Post date: Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:33
IGRAC's Serious Groundwater Game will be used within the framework of the Kenya-RAPID project. This game called 'The Tragedy of the Groundwater Commons Game' aims to improve participants' insight in the social dilemma of the tragedy of the commons through different groundwater management scenarios.

Events

Workshop on recent progress on transboundary water cooperation in Geneva
Event Date:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 (All day)
Over the past decades, there has been a considerable increase in the number of legal and institutional frameworks for transboundary water management. However, in the last ten years progress has somewhat slowed down and few new agreements have been signed. In addition, some basins with existing...
Geneva on the opposite shore by Dennis Jarvis
Event Date:
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, July 6, 2017 (All day)
The twelfth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management (WGIWRM) under the Water Convention will be held from Wednesday, 5 July until Thursday, 6 July 2017 in the Palais des Nations in Geneva, starting at 10 a.m. on 5 July and ending at 5.00 p.m. on 6 July.
World Water Week 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden
Event Date:
Sunday, August 27, 2017 (All day) to Friday, September 1, 2017 (All day)
World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. In 2017, World Water Week will address the theme “water and waste – reduce and reuse”. In 2016, over 3,200 individuals and around 330 convening organizations from 130 countries...
2nd International INOWAS Summer School on Managed Aquifer Recharge, Dresden (Germany)
Event Date:
Monday, September 4, 2017 (All day) to Friday, September 15, 2017 (All day)
From 4 till 15 September 2017, the 2nd International INOWAS Summer School on Managed Aquifer Recharge will be held at TU Dresden, Germany. IGRAC is involved in the organisation of the course and IGRAC Researcher Nienke Ansems is one of the lecturers.