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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

Interesting vacancy at IHE Delft: Professor of Hydrology
Post date: Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:40
IGRAC's in-house partner IHE Delft is currently seeking a Professor of Hydrology (1.0 FTE). For this vacant position, IHE Delft seeks a senior professional with broad expertise and experience encompassing surface and subsurface hydrology applied to water resource assessment and development in the Global South. The application deadline is May 18th 2018 and the full vacancy text is available here.
The official launch of the Groundwater Overview
Post date: Wed, 03/28/2018 - 15:39
IGRAC launched the 'Groundwater overview: Making the invisible visible' during the Wold Water Forum in Brasilia. The official launch was part of the World Water Day 2018 session on 22nd of March and the celebration of 25th years of WWD. Neno Kukuric (IGRAC) introduced the content and added value of the Overview.
Groundwater overview: making the invisible visible
Post date: Tue, 03/13/2018 - 08:48
On Thursday 22 March 2018, IGRAC will launch its 'Groundwater overview: making the invisible visible' during the World Water Day 2018 celebrations at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil. This official launch will take place at the Planalto Auditorium from 9:00 to 10:30. The groundwater overview is a UN-Water publication. 
Meet our new researcher: Arnaud Sterckx
Post date: Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:53
In January 2018, we will welcome our new researcher Arnaud Sterckx. The Belgian has recently obtained his PhD degree in Earth Sciences at the Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada, and he is already looking forward to strenghten the IGRAC team.

Events

WMO global conference: 'Prosperity through Hydrological Services'
Event Date:
Monday, May 7, 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (All day)
From 7 to 9 May 2018, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO OMM) will organise a global conference on  “Prosperity through Hydrological Services” and IGRAC has been invited to contribute to this meeting as well. 
UNESCO IHP Region 1 meeting in Delft, The Netherlands
Event Date:
Monday, May 14, 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (All day)
From 14 to 16 May 2018, a UNESCO IHP Region 1 meeting of experts will be organised in Delft, The Netherlands. This meeting is being co-hosted by IGRAC and IHE Delft. The actual IHP Region 1 meeting will take place on 14 and 15 May and it will be followed by a field trip to ‘s Hertogenbosch (the...
Karst 2018 Symposium in Trebinje, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Event Date:
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, June 9, 2018 (All day)
The Karst 2018 Symposium "Expect the Unexpected" will be held in honor of the 80th birthday of Professor Dr. Petar Milanović in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 6-9 June 2018. The Symposium will take place in the heart of Dinaric karst (Classical Karst) - Bosnia & Herzegovina (B&H).
2018 AWRA Summer Conference in Fort Worth, Texas
Event Date:
Monday, July 9, 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (All day)
From 9 to 11 July 2018, the AWRA (American Water Resources Association) will organise its 2018 summer conference at the Wortington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. The overall theme is 'The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater' and IGRAC Director Neno...